The Community within a Community

Amy Hill Shevitz

in Jewish Communities on the Ohio River

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print August 2007 | ISBN: 9780813124308
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813134932 | DOI:
The Community within a Community

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This chapter discusses the events that unfolded in the Jewish community in the Ohio River Valley during the Civil War. When General Ulysses S. Grant issued an order to have all Jews removed from their current location, only the Paducah community took it seriously. As a result, they were the only Jews who were hurried onto a boat that headed upriver to Cincinnati. This incident had its roots in a larger issue in the war's western theater. Aside from constricting the export of cotton, war-induced suspicions dogged Jews throughout the Ohio River Valley. The reaction of the Jews to the expulsion has gone down in the annals of American Jewish history as proof of America's exceptionalism in the face of what would have been in Europe unexceptional anti-Semitism.

Keywords: Jewish community; Ohio River Valley; Civil War; General Ulysses S. Grant; Paducah community; war-induced suspicions; expulsion; American Jewish history

Chapter.  8929 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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