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Lecture: Newport's Jewish and African-American Communities in the Revolutionary Era

Thursday, April 29, 2021 17 Iyyar 5781

7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

The Fraught Path to Inclusion: Newport's Jewish and African-American Communities in the Revolutionary Era."

This lecture explores how two very different communities—the African-American community and the Jewish community—struggled with integration into the religious world of colonial Newport, Rhode Island. Newport was the fifth-largest city in the Thirteen Colonies, with a diverse array of worshippers (Baptists, Quakers, Anglicans, Congregationalists, Jews, Moravians, and others). Newport’s Jews comprised one of five major diasporic communities in British North America, while African-Americans faced the harsher diaspora of the slave trade and enslavement. In their struggles to attain equality on their own terms, these communities reveal a great deal about America’s uneven commitment to pluralism.

This is CBI's first annual Professor Jack Needle Memorial lecture – in memory of our beloved congregant, teacher and scholar of American and Jewish history.

Benjamin L. Carp is the Daniel M. Lyons Associate Professor of American History at Brooklyn College. He is the author of Defiance of the Patriots: The Boston Tea Party and the Making of America (2010), which won the triennial Society of the Cincinnati Cox Book Prize in 2013; and Rebels Rising: Cities and the American Revolution (2007). With Richard D. Brown, he co-edited Major Problems in the Era of the American Revolution, 1760-1791: Documents and Essays, 3rd ed. (2014). He has written about nationalism, firefighters, Benjamin Franklin, and Quaker merchants in Charleston. He has also written articles for Colonial Williamsburg, the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post. Prior to joining Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center at CUNY, he taught at the University of Edinburgh and Tufts University. He is currently writing a book on the Great Fire of New York City in 1776.

 

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