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City of Promises
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Vol. I, Haven of Liberty, 2012 Runner-Up for the Dixon Ryan Manuscript Award presented by the New York Historical Association
 
New York Jews, so visible and integral to the culture, economy and politics of America's greatest city, has eluded the grasp of historians for decades. Surprisingly, no comprehensive history of New York Jews has ever been written. City of Promises: The History of the Jews in New York, a three volume set of original research, pioneers a path-breaking interpretation of a Jewish urban community at once the largest in Jewish history and most important in the modern world.
 
Volume I, Haven of Liberty, by historian Howard Rock, chronicles the arrival of the first Jews to New York (then New Amsterdam) in 1654and highlights their political and economic challenges. Overcoming significant barriers, colonial and republican Jews in New York laid the foundations for the development of a thriving community.
 
Volume II, Emerging Metropolis, written by Annie Polland and Daniel Soyer, describes New York's transformation into a Jewish city. Focusing on the urban Jewish built environment—its tenements and banks, synagogues and shops, department stores and settlement houses—it conveys the extraordinary complexity of Jewish immigrant society.
 
Volume III, Jews in Gotham, by historian Jeffrey S.Gurock, highlights neighborhood life as the city's distinctive feature. New York retained its preeminence as the capital of American Jews because of deep roots in local worlds that supported vigorous political, religious, and economic diversity.
 
Each volume includes a “visual essay” by art historian Diana Linden interpreting aspects of life for New York's Jews from their arrival until today. These illustrated sections, many in color, illuminate Jewish material culture and feature reproductions of early colonial portraits, art, architecture, as well as everyday culture and community.
 
Overseen by noted scholar Deborah Dash Moore, City of Promises offers the largest Jewish city in the world, in the United States, and in Jewish history its first comprehensive account.

Table of Contents

  1. Covers (Volumes 1, 2, and 3)
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  1. Volume 1: Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Volume 1: Contents
  2. pp. ix-xxiv
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  1. Volume 1: Foreword
  2. pp. xxv-xxiii
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  1. Volume 1: General Editor’s Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xxv-xxvi
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  1. Volume 1: Author’s Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xxvii-xxviii
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  1. Volume 1: Prologue: Neighborhood Dreams and Urban Promises
  2. pp. 1-8
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  1. 1 Building and Sustaining Common Ground
  2. pp. 9-38
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  1. 2 Friends or Ideologues
  2. pp. 39-72
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  1. 3 During Catastrophe and Triumph
  2. pp. 73-100
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  1. 4 Élan of a Jewish City
  2. pp. 101-126
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  1. 5 Crises and Contention
  2. pp. 127-150
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  1. 6 Amid Decline and Revival
  2. pp. 151-184
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  1. 7 Renewed Activism
  2. pp. 185-210
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  1. Epilogue: In a New Millennium
  2. pp. 211-222
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  1. Visual Essay: An Introduction to the Visual and Material Culture of New York City Jews, 1920–2010
  2. pp. 223-254
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  1. Volume 1 Notes
  2. pp. 255-290
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  1. Volume 1 Bibliography
  2. pp. 291-306
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  1. Volume 1 Index
  2. pp. 307-326
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  1. Volume 1 About the Author
  2. p. 327
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  1. Volume II Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Volume II Contents
  2. p. ix
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  1. Volume II Foreword
  2. pp. xi-xxiv
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  1. Volume II General Editor’s Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xxv-xxvi
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  1. Volume II Authors’ Acknowledgments
  2. p. xxvii
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  1. Introduction: The Emerging Jewish Metropolis
  2. pp. 1-10
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  1. 1 Neighborhood Networks
  2. pp. 11-44
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  1. 2 “Radical Reform”: Union through Charity
  2. pp. 45-72
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  1. 3 Moorish Manhattan
  2. pp. 73-491
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  1. 4 Immigrant Citadels: Tenements, Shops, Stores, and Streets
  2. pp. 103-136
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  1. 5 Capital of the Jewish World
  2. pp. 137-172
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  1. 6 Jews at the Polls: The Rise of the Jewish Style in New York Politics
  2. pp. 173-206
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  1. 7 Jews and New York Culture
  2. pp. 207-244
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  1. Conclusion: The Jewish Metropolis at the End of the Immigrant Era
  2. pp. 245-254
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  1. Visual Essay: An Introduction to the Visual and Material Culture of New York City Jews, 1840–1920
  2. pp. 255-288
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  1. Volume II Notes
  2. pp. 289-324
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  1. Volume II Bibliography
  2. pp. 325-340
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  1. Volume II Index
  2. pp. 341-364
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  1. Volume II About the Authors
  2. p. 365
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  1. Volume III Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Volume III Contents
  2. p. ix
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  1. Volume III Foreword
  2. pp. xi-xxiv
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  1. Volume III General Editor’s Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xxv-xxvi
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  1. Volume III Author’s Acknowledgments
  2. p. xxvii
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  1. Volume III Introduction
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  1. 1 A Dutch Beginning
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  1. 2 A Merchant Community
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  1. 3 A Synagogue Community
  2. pp. 43-70
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  1. 4 The Jewish Community and the American Revolution
  2. pp. 71-92
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  1. 5 The Jewish Community of Republican New York
  2. pp. 93-112
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  1. 6 A Republican Faith
  2. pp. 113-136
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  1. 7 New York’s Republican Rabbi and His Congregation
  2. pp. 137-150
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  1. 8 Beyond the Synagogue in Antebellum New York
  2. pp. 151-180
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  1. 9 Division, Display, Devotion, and Defense: The Synagogue in Antebellum New York
  2. pp. 181-204
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  1. 10 The Challenge of Reform
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  1. 11 Politics, Race, and the Civil War
  2. pp. 227-254
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 255-260
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  1. Visual Essay: An Introduction to the Visual and Material Culture of New York City Jews, 1654–1865
  2. pp. 261-298
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  1. Volume III Notes
  2. pp. 299-344
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  1. Volume III Select Bibliography
  2. pp. 345-350
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  1. Volume III Index
  2. pp. 351-369
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  1. Volume III About the Author
  2. p. 370
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