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Social Studies

The Little Known History of the Jewish Exploration of the New World

This class will trace the history of the Jewish role in the exploration and settlement of the New World from the early explorers who came with Columbus and traveled with the Conquistadores to those who had to fight the Inquisition.
Anthony J Van Zwaren
57 total reviews for this teacher
1 review for this class
Completed by 6 learners
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45 minutes
per class
Once per week
over 2 weeks
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per class

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Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
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Most people think of the Jewish emigration to the Americas in terms of the emigration of Ashkenazi Jews from places like Germany and Poland to the earlier emigration of "New Christians" (Jews who converted or were made to convert to Christianity) who came here from the time that Columbus arrived in San Salvador and their role in settling in Brazil, Jamaica, and New Amsterdam. They will learn that long before the major emigrations to the Americas, Jews had made the New World a home, even if they were not always welcome here.
I was a teacher of social studies in New York City Middle Schools for six years and was also a substitute teacher in New Jersey after leaving the practice of law. I have background in studying world history and interest in the little known story of Jewish settlement in the New World centuries before Jews began emigrating here from Germany and Poland in the 19th Century. Much of this information comes from an important book called "Jewish Pirates of the Caribbean" by Edward Kritzler. The Sephardic Jews had lived in Spain  before they were forcibly expelled by Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand.

Students will have some vocabulary words that they should review in the attached Power Point presentation before class. They should also look up some of the main characters that are identified in the reading.
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Classroom participation both in reviewing materials and responding during class will be looked at. Students should look up on their own information on some of the major characters discussed in the presentation.
45 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.
Jewish Pirates of the Caribbean by Edward Kritzler is an excellent source of material on early Jewish settlements in the New World. You may be able to find a copy in your local library or online.


Anthony J Van ZwarenFormer teacher of social studies
57 total reviews
120 completed classes

About Me

I began teaching at Outschool a year ago. I have had six years experience as a social studies teacher in the New York City schools and currently teach as a substitute teacher in New Jersey . I enjoy teaching history, both world history and... 
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