Title The Peddler's Grandson: Growing Up Jewish In Mississippi.
Book Condition Hardcover with dustjacket. Very good condition. Signed by the author.
Publisher University Press of Mississippi, Jackson: 1999.
1578061679 / 9781578061679
Seller ID 61005X2
Edward Cohen grew up in Jackson, Mississippi, the heart of the Bible Belt, a thousand miles from the northern centers of Jewish culture. As a child he said "Dixie" in his segregated school and the sh'ma at temple. While the civil rights struggle exploded all around him, he worked at the family clothing store that catered to blacks. His grandfather Moise had left Romania and all his family for a very different world, the Deep South. Peddling on foot from farm to farm, sleeping in haylofts, he was the first Jew many Mississippians had ever seen. Moise's brother joined him, and they married sisters, raising their children under one roof, an island of Judaism in a sea of southern Christianity. In the 1950s, insulated by the extended family of double-cousins, Edward believed the world was populated totally by Jews--until the first day of school when he had the disquieting realization that he was the only Jew in his class. At times he felt southern, almost, but his sense of being an outsider slowly crystallized, as he listened to daily Christian school prayers and tried to explain his annual absences to classmates who had never heard of Rosh Hashanah.
(Key Words: Jews, Mississippi, Biography, Edward Cohen).