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December 17: General Grant’s General Orders

General Ulysses S. Grant’s General Order No. 11, ordering the expulsion of all Jews in his military district in Tennessee, Mississippi, and Kentucky, was issued on this date in 1862 as part of his effort to crack down on black-marketeering during the Civil War. The order would be revoked at President Lincoln’s insistence on January […]

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April 20: The Yiddish Gazette

Di Yidishe Gazeten (the Yiddish Gazette), the first enduring American Yiddish weekly, began publication on this date in 1874. Published in New York by Kasriel Hersh Sarasohn, a new immigrant from Russia, the paper survived for more than half a century and reached a circulation of 70,000. It was traditionally religious in orientation and earned […]

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Honest Abe and the Children of Abraham

Much Ado About the Inconsequential by Mitchell Abidor From the Summer 2015 issue of Jewish Currents Reviewed in this essay: Lincoln and the Jews, by Jonathan Sarna and Benjamin Shappel. Thomas Dunne Books, 2015, 288 pages. THERE HAVE BEEN some sixteen thousand books written about Abraham Lincoln, few of them, I’d wager, dedicating many pages […]

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General Grant and the Jews

by Mitchell Abdior Reviewed in this Essay: When General Grant Expelled the Jews, by Jonathan Sarna. 2011, Schocken, 224 pages. If 1862 ended badly for the Jews, with General Ulysses S. Grant’s General Orders No. 11, (December 17th) expelling them from his war zone in the west, for the North it had been a fairly […]

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