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Civil War Jews Who Weren’t Just Whistlin’ Dixie


URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/passover/article/civil_war_jews_who_werent_just_whistlin_dixie_20090402

At the Passover seder next Wednesday evening, our children will recite the traditional question, “How is this night different from all other nights?” But the adults at the table are the ones who appreciate how this night really is different — not only from the rest of the year, but from the Passover seders of the past. As I started writing my third novel about Jewish spies during the Civil War, I began to wonder if American Jews had ever sat down at a seder where every part of the meal was served by slaves. As I discovered in my research, they did.

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