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Book Talk: Jewish Autonomy in a Slave Society

Hosted By: The Center for Jewish History

Aviva Ben-Ur discusses her new book “Jewish Autonomy in a Slave Society: Suriname in the Atlantic World, 1651-1825.”

Jewish Autonomy in a Slave Society explores the political and social history of the Jews of Suri-name, a Dutch colony on the South American mainland just north of Brazil. Suriname was home to the most privileged Jewish community in the Americas where Jews, most of Iberian origin, enjoyed religious liberty, were judged by their own tribunal, could enter any trade, owned planta-tions and slaves, and even had a say in colonial governance.

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