The Quiet Voices: Southern Rabbis and Black Civil Rights, 1880s to 1990s

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Mark K. Bauman, Berkley Kalin
University of Alabama Press, Nov 30, 1997 - History - 444 pages

These wide-ranging essays reveal the various roles played by southern rabbis in the struggle for black civil rights since Reconstruction

The study of black-Jewish relations has become a hotbed of controversy, especially with regard to the role played by Jewish leaders during the Civil Rights movement. Did these leaders play a pivotal role, or did many of them, especially in the South, succumb to societal pressure and strive to be accepted rather than risk being persecuted? If some of these leaders did choose a quieter path, were their reasons valid? And were their methods successful?

The contributors in this volume explore the motivations and subsequent behavior of rabbis in a variety of southern environments both before and during the civil rights struggle. Their research demonstrates that most southern rabbis indeed faced pressures not experienced in the North and felt the need to balance these countervailing forces to achieve their moral imperative.

Individually, each essay offers a glimpse into both the private and public difficulties these rabbis faced in their struggle to achieve good. Collectively, the essays provide an unparalleled picture of Jewish leadership during the civil rights era.
 

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Contents

Genesis
19
Morris Newfield Alabama and Blacks 18951940
39
Fineshriber in Memphis
50
The Heyday
65
Carolyn Gray Le Master
95
Harmonizing in Texas
121
Rabbi David Jacobson and the Integration
135
Rabbi James A
152
Rabbi Grafman and Birminghams Civil Rights
168
Leonard Rogoff
190
Janice Rothschild Blumberg
261
Malcolm Stern
286
Myron Berman
311
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