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Longfellow and the Jewish Cemetery at Newport

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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ca. 1850

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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ca. 1850 / Maine Historical Society

Text of the poem with explanatory notes: University of Toronto: Representative Poetry Online

Home Page for the Touro Synagogue: Home Page for the Touro Synagogue

Full text of George Washington's letter to the congregation: Touro Synagogue Website

For information on Jewish immigration to America: The Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art

For Jewish American population statistics: Jewish Virtual Library

PBS series on Jewish history with lesson plans: "Heritage" Civilization and the Jews

International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies: Cemetery Project

Harvard University's Pluralism Project: site offers a good summary of the history of the Jews of Newport and the architecture of the synagogue

For lesson plans related to local cemeteries:
New York Times Learning Network
Wisconson Historical Society's History Hunters Cemetery Tour

Other Resources

Batignani, Karen Wentworth. Maine's Historic Cemeteries; A Historic Tour. Camden, ME: Down East Books, 2003.

Calhoun, Charles. Longfellow: A Rediscovered Life. Boston: Beacon Press, 2004.

Forbes, Harriet Merrifield. Gravestones of New England and the Men Who Made Them; 1653-1800. Princeton: The Pyne Press, 1955.

Jefferys, C.P.B. Newport: A Short History. Newport: Newport Historical Society, 1992.

Lewis, Rabbi Dr. Theodore. "History of Touro Synagogue." Bulletin of the Newport Historical Society 48.3 (1975): 281-320.

Opel, Frank, ed. Tales of Bygone New England. Secaucus, NJ: Castle, 1988.

 

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