Annotations for Jews and the American Slave Trade
Friedman (Jewish and Middle Eastern history, Youngstown State U.) responds to recent charges that Jews masterminded and dominated the slave trade in the US, West Indies, and South America. In opposition to the charges, he offers extensive evidence from archives and interviews. Topics include slavery in the ancient and medieval world, traditional Jewish positions on slavery, and the historic powerlessness of Jews. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
The Nation of Islam's Secret Relationship between Blacks and Jews has been called one of the most serious anti-Semetic manuscripts published in years. As Saul Friedman definitively documents in Jews and the American Slave Trade, historical evidence suggests that Jews played a minimal role in the transatlantic, South American, Caribbean, and antebellum slave trades. Friedman elucidates the role of American Jews toward the great nineteenth-century moral debate, the positions they took, and explains what shattered the alliance between these two vulnerable minority groups in America.