The ninth and final episode in our series exploring new research. Aviva Ben-Ur discusses her new book "Jewish Autonomy in a Slave Society: Suriname in the Atlantic World, 1651-1825."
Jewish Autonomy in a Slave Society explores the political and social history of the Jews of Suri-name, a Dutch colony on the South American mainland just north of Brazil. Suriname was home to the most privileged Jewish community in the Americas where Jews, most of Iberian origin, enjoyed religious liberty, were judged by their own tribunal, could enter any trade, owned planta-tions and slaves, and even had a say in colonial governance.
Aviva Ben-Ur is Professor in Judaic and Near Eastern Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She is author of Sephardic Jews in America: A Diasporic History.
For more about the book: https://www.upenn.edu/pennpress/book/16091.html