History Faculty Publications

Title

Review: 'The Business of Jews in Louisiana, 1840-1875'

Document Type

Book Review

Publication Date

10-1989

Publication Source

American Historical Review

Abstract

Despite all that has been done in nineteenth- century southern history during the past twenty years, important areas remain virtually untilled and await cultivation. Facing diminishing returns on their labor, many scholars stubbornly continue to be largely occupied and to a degree obsessed with studies in politics, race relations, and the Civil War, thus overlooking fertile topics in business and economic history as well as the history of science and technology-vistas of the past that hold enormous promise for enhancing our historical understanding. One such new departure is Elliott Ashkenazi's book, which focuses on Louisiana's Jewish business community and its practices. Although relatively small in number, Jewish business leaders had unique and significant roles and functions in Louisiana and elsewhere in the South and did much to sustain regional economic growth both before and after the Civil War.

Inclusive pages

1181-1182

ISBN/ISSN

0002-8762

Comments

Permission documentation is on file.

Book's citation information: Ashkenazi, Elliott. The Business of Jews in Louisiana, 1840-1875. Tuscaloosa, AL: University Alabama Press, 1988.

Publisher

Oxford University Press

Volume

94

Issue

4

Peer Reviewed

yes