Caroline Light presents: Jewish Benevolence in the Jim Crow South

Thursday, November 30, 7:30 pm at Mount Zion

This talk addresses the complex intersection of benevolence and self-preservation that produced Jewish orphan homes in the Jim Crow South. Whether native or foreign-born, rich or poor, Jewish southerners could not ignore the rigidly defined color line, or the regime of racial terror that reinforced it. Those with the means to do so invested substantial time, energy, and money in an effort to “take care of their own” while transforming the poorest Jewish orphans into exemplars of southern citizenship. Co-Sponsored by Department of History, ­University of Minnesota and Jewish Community Action.

Caroline Light is the Director of Undergraduate Studies in Harvard’s Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program. She has a doctorate in history, and her work explores the ways in which race, gender, and region shape collective (mis)memory and archival silence.

A University of Minnesota Center for Jewish Studies Lecture.



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