Moses Levy of Florida: Jewish Utopian and Antebellum Reformer

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LSU Press, 2005 - Biography & Autobiography - 240 pages
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The biography of a nineteenth-century Jewish social activist without equal It is only recently that the importance of Moses Elias Levy (1782-1854) as a Jewish social activist has come to be appreciated. C. S. Monaco's discovery of Levy's Plan for the Abolition of Slavery in the late 1990s began the transformation of historians' understanding of this man's life and work. Now, in the first full-scale biography of Levy, Monaco completes the picture of one of the antebellum South's most influential and interesting Jewish citizens. Long known only as the father of David L. Yulee, the first Jew elected to the U.S. Senate, Levy here comes into sharp relief as Monaco follows him from his affluent upbringing in a Sephardic Jewish household in Morocco - where his father was a courtier to the sultan - through his career as a successful merchant shipper, to his radical reform activities in Florida.
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
A Precarious Youth
12
A West Indies Merchant
24
An Asylum for Our Fellow Creatures
39
Toward America
52
Incident at Curacao
72
New Beginnings
82
A Florida Settlement
95
A Jewish Activist Abroad
115
Return to Florida
142
The Rise of Senator Yulee and
153
Notes
177
Bibliography
211
Index
231
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Page 214 - Evidence Against the Views of the Abolitionists, Consisting of Physical and Moral Proofs of the Natural Inferiority of the Negroes (New York, 1833).

About the author (2005)

A longtime Florida resident, C. S. Monaco is an independent scholar, historian, and documentary filmmaker. Previously he worked as a New York City television executive for fifteen years. He is pursuing a doctorate in history from Oxford Brookes University in England.

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