Social Sciences Department’s Dr. Bryan Stone’s Book Received the Jewish Historical Society’s 2011 Book Prize

Article by: Rosa Linda Reynoso

Del Mar College’s Dr. Bryan Stone, associate professor of history, will discuss his book, The Chosen Folks: Jews on the Frontiers of Texas, on Thursday, Feb. 27. Published in 2010, Dr. Stone’s book covers the history of Texas Jews with a revealing look at the challenges and accomplishments of a small but influential population within the vast stretches of the Lone Star State.

The free lecture begins at 1 p.m. in Room 100 in the Venters Business Building located on Ayers Street on Del Mar College’s East Campus. This event is sponsored by the College’s Department of Social Sciences. For more information, contact Dr. Stone at 698-1988 or

Dr. Stone will be available for a book signing after his presentation.

Participants can expect to hear why Dr. Stone chose to write about the Texas Jewish community as well as some surprising things he discovered, along with learning about favorite stories from his research. Published by The University of Texas Press, The Chosen Folks is his first book and won the Southern Jewish Historical Society Book Prize in 2011. 

Dr. Stone’s work traces the origins of the Jewish experience back to the crypto-Jews, who fled to Texas to escape the Spanish Inquisition in the late sixteenth century. The Chosen Folks also includes chapters baring the struggle to preserve the requirements of Jewish religious life in the nineteenth century, the rise of the Ku Klux Klan in the 1920s and 1930s and Jewish efforts to change segregation practices during the days of the Civil Rights Movement.

While other books covering the same subject exist, Dr. Stone’s The Chosen Folks is the first to offer detailed accounts of events and episodes that illustrate the whole story of Jewish Texans in a single, complete narrative. 

For his book, Dr. Stone tapped a number of sources, including records kept by The University of Texas at Austin’s Center for American History, The Texas Jewish Historical Society and the American Jewish Archives in Cincinnati.

IN THE PHOTO: Dr. Bryan Stone, DMC associate professor of history in the Social Science's Department, holds a copy of his book, The Chosen Folks: Jews on the Frontiers of Texas.

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