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The Union army was as diverse as the nation it sought to preserve—a mix of ethnicities and identities—but less accommodating to religious outsiders. This talk will explore the everyday experience of Jewish soldiers in Abraham Lincoln’s armies with a particular focus on their efforts to create community within the ranks.
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Adam D. Mendelsohn is Director of the Kaplan Centre for Jewish Studies and Associate Professor and Head of the Department of History at the University of Cape Town. He is the author of Jewish Soldiers in the Civil War: The Union Army (New York University Press, 2022).