Jacob's Cane: A Jewish Family's Journey from the Four Lands of Lithuania to the Ports of London and Baltimore; A M

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Basic Books, Sep 22, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 336 pages
Drawn to an image of her great-grandfather's ornately carved cane, scholar Elisa New embarked on a journey to discover the origins of her precious family heirloom. Treading back across the paths of her ancestors, she travels from Baltimore to the Baltic to London in order to find and understand an immigrant world profoundly affected by modern German culture, from the Enlightenment through the Holocaust. Deeply ambitious in its narrative sweep, Jacob's Cane captures the rich texture of life on several continents as New's family searches to establish itself in the tobacco trade. A fascinating history of one family's story of progress, innovation, and struggle, Jacob's Cane will change the way we think about the Jewish American experience.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
ONE
5
TWO
21
THREE
41
FOUR
67
FIVE
81
SIX
97
SEVEN
123
TEN
183
ELEVEN
203
TWELVE
223
THIRTEEN
249
FOURTEEN
271
EPILOGUE
303
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
313
SELECTED FURTHER READINGS
319

EIGHT
139
NINE
163

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About the author (2009)

Elisa New is professor of English and American literature and language at Harvard University. She is the author of The Line's Eye and The Regenerate Lyric. She lives with her husband, economist Larry Summers, in Brookline, Massachusetts, and Washington, D.C.

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