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all lands, this work cannot be charged with inaccuracy of presenta-
tion of matters factual. The volume is imbued with th a t spirit
of Jewish loyalty, characteristic of the respective roles its authors
played while they were among the living.
Regional history has been considerably neglected in American
Jewish historiography. I t is only in recent years th a t efforts are
being made to emulate th a t example of accuracy, thoroughness
and fine writing achieved in the story of
The Jews in South
by Barne tt A. Elzas (Philadelphia, 1905) which remains
unsurpassed by any other history of an American Jewish
community thus far published.
In dealing with an appraisal of the basic work in American
English-Jewish literature, it is difficult in this restricted space to
cover the entire field. An a ttem p t has, however, been made to
survey only a few books, selected a t random, which represent
major achievements of American Jewish scholarship. I t is clear:
American Jewry, despite the short span of merely three hundred
years of communal life, can point with pride to a record of literary
achievements which can hardly be matched by older Jewries in
other parts of the world.