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The letters of Abigaill Levy Franks, 1733-1748

Author: Abigaill Franks; Edith Belle Gelles
Publisher: New Haven, CT : Yale University Press, 2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Abigaill Franks's letters are among the earliest extant by a woman in colonial New York City. They are also the earliest known letters by a Jewish woman in British America and probably the western colonies. Thirty-five letters survive, all written to her son Naphtali between 1733 and 1748. These letters represent a rare resource for the study of family life during the colonial period as well as of the life of a  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Records and correspondence
Correspondence
Named Person: Abigaill Franks; Frank family.; Frank family.; Abigaill Franks; Abigail Franks
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Abigaill Franks; Edith Belle Gelles
ISBN: 030010345X 9780300103458
OCLC Number: 55487684
Notes: Revised edition of: The Lee Max Friedman collection of American Jewish colonial correspondence. 1968.
Description: iv, 186 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Responsibility: edited and with an introduction by Edith B. Gelles.
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"Abigaill Franks's letters are among the earliest extant by a woman in colonial New York City. They are also the earliest known letters by a Jewish woman in British America and probably the western colonies. Thirty-five letters survive, all written to her son Naphtali between 1733 and 1748. These letters represent a rare resource for the study of family life during the colonial period as well as of the life of a lively and articulate woman." "In this book, Edith B. Gelles edits all of Abigaill Franks's letters to make them accessible to modern readers. Gelles's introduction provides a portrait of New York City at the time, describes typical colonial family life, and discusses the Jewish immigrant experience in New York."--Jacket.

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"Abigaill Franks' letters are essential to the study of American Jewish history and the best single collection of Colonial era correspondence from a Jewish family that we possess."-Jonathan D. Sarna, Read more...

 
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