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Leonard Rogoff

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780807833759

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807895993_rogoff

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Revolution and Republic: Wandering Jews 1776–1835

Revolution and Republic: Wandering Jews 1776–1835

(p.17) 2 Revolution and Republic: Wandering Jews 1776–1835
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Leonard Rogoff

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter begins with Judith Myers Mordecai's statement regarding her journey to North Carolina: “You will think with me that we are the Wandering Jews, but I still hope that when we get there we shall be settled . . . the object we have so long pursued in vain.” Judith and Jacob Mordecai had begun their wanderings from New York after a depressed economy had left them bereft of cash and prospects. The young family headed south to Richmond, where Jacob had once worked in his stepfather's mercantile house. Jacob opened a country store, but farmers were too few and poor to support it. While Judith and their children went to her brother in Petersburg, Jacob continued south to Warrenton, a county seat and market town across the state line. There, in the village center, he opened another store, and his family rejoined him, moving to a house next door.

Keywords:   Judith Myers Mordecai, North Carolina, Wandering Jews, Jacob Mordecai, depressed economy

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