The First Jews in North America
The Extraordinary Story of the Hart Family, 1760-1860
“Vaugeois’s fascinating account, amply illustrated by archival documents, is a valuable contribution to the history of Quebec, Canada and minority-majority relations.” The Montreal Gazette (7 July 2012)
“This is a fine translation… Verdict: A significant contribution to our understanding of this period from the perspective of a family espousing a minority faith. Non-French-reading students of Canadian, Jewish, and North American social history will be rewarded in choosing this book.” Library Journal (Oct. 2012)
Filled with original documents and vintage illustrations, this history chronicles the lives of the Hart family—a Jewish family who settled in the French-speaking and predominantly Catholic Trois-Rivières, Quebec, in 1761. Following Aaron Hart and his descendants for a century through the political upheavals that shaped North America, this account not only bares the Jewish struggle for equality and freedom, but also delineates the contributions made by the various family members. These include the passing of the Jewish Emancipation Act in 1832 and the creation of the Hart Memorial Trophy for the National Hockey League’s Most Valuable Player. A fascinating and comprehensive read, this book breaks new ground in its examination of the Jewish experience in North America.
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