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Medals of Honor in the Civil War

Two Jewish soldiers in the Union Army received the Congressional Medal of Honor for the heroism they showed on this date in 1864 during the four-day Battle of the Wilderness, the first attempt by Ulysses S. Grant to use consolidated forces of the Union to destroy Robert E. Lee’s Confederate Army of Northern Virginia. Abraham […]

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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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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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August Bondi and the Abolitionist Movement

by Yankl Stillman FIFTY YEARS AGO, when Jewish Currents was called Jewish Life, the Jewish Young Folksingers, in association with the magazine, commissioned poet Aaron Kramer to write “The Ballad of August Bondi.” This was their contribution to the celebration of the 300th anniversary of Jewish life in the United States. The current year marks […]

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