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By Jonathan D. Sarna, Benjamin Shapell

One hundred and fifty years after Abraham Lincoln's demise, the entire tale of his impressive courting with Jews is informed the following for the 1st time. Lincoln and the Jews: A History offers readers either with an enthralling narrative of his interactions with Jews, and with the chance to immerse themselves in infrequent manuscripts and photographs, many from the Shapell Lincoln assortment, that exhibit Lincoln in a manner he hasn't ever been obvious before.

Lincoln's lifetime coincided with the emergence of Jews at the nationwide scene within the usa. whilst he used to be born, in 1809, scarcely 3,000 Jews lived within the complete state. by the point of his assassination in 1865, large-scale immigration, largely from critical Europe, had introduced that quantity as much as greater than 150,000. Many americans, together with contributors of Lincoln's cupboard and plenty of of his best generals throughout the Civil battle, have been alarmed by means of this improvement and handled Jews as second-class electorate and spiritual outsiders. Lincoln, this publication exhibits, exhibited exactly the contrary tendency. He additionally expressed a uniquely deep wisdom of the previous testomony, using its language and ideas in a few of his most vital writings. He befriended Jews from a tender age, promoted Jewish equality, appointed quite a few Jews to public place of work, had Jewish advisors and supporters beginning already from the early 1850s, in addition to later in the course of his presidential campaigns, and in keeping with Jewish sensitivities, even replaced the way in which he idea and spoke approximately the United States. via his activities and his rhetoric―replacing "Christian nation," for instance, with "this state below God"―he embraced Jews as insiders.

In this groundbreaking paintings, the made from meticulous learn, historian Jonathan D. Sarna and collector Benjamin Shapell display how Lincoln's amazing dating with American Jews impacted either his route to the presidency and his coverage judgements as president. the quantity uncovers a brand new and formerly unknown function of Abraham Lincoln's existence, person who broadened him, and, accordingly, broadened America.

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