Moses of South Carolina: A Jewish Scalawag During Radical Reconstruction

By: Ginsberg, Benjamin

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First edition. A fine copy. Near Fine. 2010 Hard Cover. xi, 219 pp. Franklin Moses Jr. is one of the great forgotten figures in American history. Scion of a distinguished Jewish family in South Carolina, he was a firebrand supporter of secession and an officer in the Confederate army. Moses then reversed course. As Reconstruction governor of South Carolina, he shocked and outraged his white constituents by championing racial equality and socializing freely with former slaves. Friends denounced him, his family disowned him, and enemies ultimately drove him from his home state. In Moses of South Carolina, Benjamin Ginsberg rescues this protean figure and his fascinating story from obscurity. Though Moses was far from a saint?he was known as the robber governor for his corrupt ways?Ginsberg suggests that Moses nonetheless deserves better treatment in the historical record. Despite his moral lapses, Moses launched social programs, integrated state institutions, and made it possible for blacks to attend the state university. As a Jew, Moses grew up on the fringe of southern plantation society. After the Civil War, Moses envisioned a culture different from the one in which he had been raised, one that included the newly freed slaves. From the margins of southern society, Franklin Moses built America’s first black-Jewish alliance, a model, argues Ginsberg, for the coalitions that would help reshape American politics in the decades to come. Revisiting the story of the South's most perfect scalawag, Ginsberg contributes to a broader understanding of the essential role southern Jews played during the Civil War and Reconstruction.

Title: Moses of South Carolina: A Jewish Scalawag During Radical Reconstruction

Author: Ginsberg, Benjamin

Categories: American Civil War, 19th Century, Political, Military, Modern First Editions,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press: 2010

ISBN Number: 0801894646

ISBN Number 13: 9780801894640

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: Near Fine

Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Seller ID: 2204825

Keywords: BENJAMIN GINSBERG FRANKLIN MOSES SOUTH CAROLINA JEW JEWISH SCALAWAG DURING RADICAL RECONSTRUCTION CIVIL WAR CONFEDERATE MILITARY HISTORY AMERICA AMERICAN BIOGRAPHY POLITICAL,