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American History & Jewish History Blog
January 19, 2023

72nd National Jewish Book Awards Finalists

The Jew­ish Book Coun­cil announced the win­ners of the 72nd Nation­al Jew­ish Book Awards live at the Mar­lene Mey­er­son JCC Man­hat­tan as part of their inau­gur­al Books That Changed My Life festival. Jewish Soldiers In The Civil War by Adam Mendelsohn came in as a finalist. The book explores when and why Jewish soldiers decid­ed to enlist, explores their encoun­ters with fel­low sol­diers, and describes their efforts to cre­ate com­mu­ni­ty with­in the ranks. This mon­u­men­tal under­tak­ing rewrites much of what we think we know about Jew­ish sol­diers dur­ing the Civ­il War. Mendel­sohn draws from the vast data­base of ver­i­fied list­ings of Jew­ish sol­diers serv­ing in the Civ­il War col­lect­ed by The Shapell Ros­ter, as well as let­ters, diaries, and news­pa­pers, to exam­ine the col­lec­tive expe­ri­ence of Jew­ish sol­diers and to recov­er their voic­es and sto­ries. You can purchase a copy of the book here, and learn more about Jewish Soldiers in the Civil War at The Shapell Roster online.

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