Jacob’s Cane: A Jewish Family’s Journey from the Four Lands of Lithuania to the Ports of London and Baltimore; A Memoir in Five Generations

Drawn to an image of her great-grandfather’s ornately carved cane, scholar Elisa New embarked on a journey to discover the origins of her precious circle of relatives heirloom. Treading back around the paths of her ancestors, she travels from Baltimore to the Baltic to London with a purpose to find and be mindful an immigrant world profoundly suffering from up to date German culture, from the Enlightenment through the Holocaust. Deeply ambitious in its narrative sweep, Jacob’s Cane captures the wealthy texture of life on several continents as New’s circle of relatives searches to establish itself in the tobacco trade. An interesting history of one circle of relatives’s story of progress, innovation, and struggle, Jacob’s Cane will change the best way we take into accounts the Jewish American experience.

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