One of the points I make in my book Our Southern Nation: Its Origin & Future is that the Jews who helped colonize Dixie and New World plantation civilization were distinct from the central and eastern European Jews who moved in large numbers to Northeastern US cities in the late 1800s and afterward. The mostly Sephardic Jews of the Golden Circle were instrumental in spreading the proto-plantation culture from Iberia to the eastern Atlantic colonies of Madeira, the Canary Islands and the isles of the Gulf of Guinea in the late 1400s and early to mid 1500s. As noted in my book, they were later important planters and traders throughout Brazil and the Caribbean colonies. And when English colonists ran out of room on Barbados and spread their plantation culture to the North American mainland Sephardic Jews were there as well.
Dr. Walter Edgar, professor of Southern Studies at the University of South Carolina, writes in The South Carolina Encyclopedia that, “Jews arrived in the British colony of Carolina with the fist wave of European settlement.” He goes on to explain that,
Most of Carolina’s first Jewish settlers traced their roots to Spain or Portugal. Expelled during the Inquisition at the end of the fifteenth century, the Sephardim (from the Hebrew word for Spain) dispersed around the globe and established themselves in capitals and port cities in northern Europe, the Mediterranean, and the West Indies. In 1749 Charleston’s Jewish community chartered Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim – one of the first five Jewish congregations in America. Like her sister synagogues in New York, Newport, Savannah, and Philadelphia, Beth Elohim was Sephardic in ritual and practice.
Dr. Edgar goes on to note that over time during the Antebellum period Ashkenazi Jews from central and eastern Europe became the majority but “Many Ashkenazim adopted traditional Sephardic practices and assumed an aristocratic view of themselves as ‘earliest to arrive.'” In this manner, the Old South Jews copied a practice of the Southern Christian majority, the elites of whom were quite proud of their early colonial ancestors.
“Southern Jews rallied to the Confederate cause during the Civil War,” Edgar writes, noting their enthusiastic support of Southern independence. He also points out that after the war most Southern Jews supported the “Redeemers’ crusade to restore white rule” and take back power from the occupational Reconstruction regimes. Though he does not delve into it, Southern Jews also were largely supportive of the Jim Crow laws which maintained White Southern conservative control of Dixie through the 1960s. This experience was quite different from that of the more recently established Jewish immigrant communities in the Northeast which have been overwhelmingly Marxist and have agitated for open borders and Third World immigration, Black power and the entire Progressive agenda which has wrecked so much of the Western world.
The point here is not to write an apology for Jews in the South. Rather, I think there is a larger point to be made about the positive impact of the plantation culture and its neo-classical worldview. As noted in an earlier post, research has been done of late which emphasizes the lack of ethnocentricity on the part of northern European peoples (and the Southern people are a northern European ethnic group). While highly intelligent and creative as a race, we do seem to lack a strong sense of ethnic identity which can sustain our people in the face of mass immigration and globalism. But the legacy of the plantation system preserved a healthy sense of racial identity in the South which endured for more than a century after Reconstruction. Even today we see remnants of it in our culture. The classical values of the plantation civilization inspired strong resistance to Progressivism and universalism from Brazil to the Chesapeake Bay – whereas bourgeois civilization led to destructive liberalism, multiculturalism and the decline of the West. This is a field of study where is plenty of room for more research and writing. And, just as the plantation civilization had a positive impact on White Christians – imparting needed ethnocentricity – so too it seems to have had a positive impact on Jews. It led them to identify racially with White European colonists rather than aligning with non-Whites against the White Christian ruling class as was generally the case in the Northeast (and is certainly the case today). And it gave them a stake in supporting a conservative, pro-White social order.
Read about David Levy Yulee and Judah P. Benjamin. Both were Sephardic, truly products of the Golden Circle and, interestingly, they represented Florida and Louisiana – those southern-most States of Dixie which were formed out of Spanish and French colonial lands. The extremely pro-White and pro-Southern views of these men would be almost universally condemned by Jews in Progressive America today.
UPDATE: Here are a few questions for SF readers. Why were Jews in the Old South mostly pro-White, conservative and supportive of the racial system of the culture? Why were the Jews who moved to the Northeast largely Marxist, anti-White and hostile to the Anglo ruling class? What does this say about the postive or negative influence of the respective Anglo cultures of the North American mainland?