Mark Jewish American Heritage Month with NMCWM volunteer Brad Stone as he examines the important roles that Jewish Americans played during the Civil War. The program will feature an overview of the many contributions Jewish Americans made to both sides of the struggle and reveals the strong influence that surrounding social forces had in shaping Jewish communities’ views towards slavery and secession. Stone will explore these stories at the National Museum of Civil War Medicine on Thursday, May 10, 2018 at 7 PM. This is a “pay-what-you-please” event.
The lives of some of the key players in this story — both prominent Jews and other famous Americans whose actions directly impacted the Jewish community – are highlighted throughout the talk to add a more human dimension to this compelling and complex story. These people had an enormous impact on many aspects of the war – everything from the design of the Confederate flag to the abolition of flogging in the U.S. Navy. Their contributions continue to affect us today. The presentation also focuses on how these personal stories provide insight into a critical aspect of the Jewish American Civil War experience — that this pivotal point in U.S. history in many ways forever established the Jewish American community as a key element in the fabric of American culture.