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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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Contributors

Denis Vaugeois

Denis Vaugeois is a historian, a publisher, and the author of many books on North American and European history, including America: The Lewis & Clark Expedition and the Dawn of a New Power and Mapping a Continent. He is also Quebec’s former minister of cultural affairs. He lives in Quebec City.

Käthe Roth

Käthe Roth is a Montreal editor and translator. She is the coauthor with Denis Vaugeois of America’s Gift: What the World Owes to the Americas and their First Inhabitants and the translator of Vaugeois’s The Last French and Indian War.
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“Preface by Herbert Marx” 3 $0.30

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The author introduces the topic of Jewish history and identity in Canada as well as the Hart family and the archival documents that record their lives and impact. The author speaks about how this … 32 $3.20

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This chapter discusses Aaron Hart’s settlement in Trois-Rivières and some historical and economic context in North American during the 18th century. 22 $2.20

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This chapter explores early Jewish settlement in North America, and the history leading up to it. The stories of Jeffery Amherst, Aaron Hart and Levy Andrew Levy (partner of William Trent) are … 28 $2.80

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An introduction to the family at the heart of this book and their choice to settle and remain in Trois-Rivières. 28 $2.80

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This chapter explores records concerning the affairs and quarrels over the estate of the Hart family at the time. 24 $2.40

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On the life and political ambitions of Ezekiel Hart. He was the First Jewish Elected Representative of the House of Assembly of Lower Canada for Trois-Rivières. 24 $2.40

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Tha author discusses his archival research into the Hart family and uncovering fascinating Jewish historical documents as well as expands upon records of early Jewish settlement and history in … 27 $2.70

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On the story of Moses Hart and his religious beliefs, politics, and controversial behaviour. 21 $2.10

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On Moses Hart and his business activities and beliefs. 15 $1.50

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On Moses Hart, the legal system, and his attitudes towards justice. 24 $2.40

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The author continues to explore the tumultuous history of the Hart family and their life and treatment in Quebec, as well as his experiences researching this history. It touches on the end of … 24 $2.40

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This chapter tells the story of Benjamin Hart, looking at the Hart family’s experiences during the 19th century. 31 $3.10

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Some final thoughts and the legacy of the Hart family. 15 $1.50