Articles By Michael Feldberg

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    Michael Feldberg

    Michael Feldberg, Ph.D. is executive director of the George Washington Institute for Religious Freedom. From 1991 to 2004, he served as executive director of the American Jewish Historical Society, the nation's oldest ethnic historical organization, and from 2004 to 2008 was its director of research.


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      The Levy-Franks Family

      The Levy-Franks family struggled with the ever-present challenge of maining a strong Jewish identity in a secular society.

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      Jefferson and the Jews

      Thomas Jefferson was a strong advocate for civic equality and religious freedom for American Jews.

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      The Maryland Constitution and the Jew Bill

      Turks, Jews, and infidels need not apply.

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      Meyer London, a Jew in Congress

      Meyer London, a Socialist Jew, was a politician who not only ran for Congress, but his economic proposals were advanced for his time, and they later were encompassed in Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal platform.

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      Lepke Buchalter

      Jewish gangster Lepke was hunted down by Governor Thomas E. Dewey.

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      Mordecai Manuel Noah

      Mordecai Manuel Noah tried to found a Jewish colony on Grand Island until the Jews regained possession of the Holy Land.

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      General Grant and the Jews

      The Civil War hero expelled Jews from three states until Lincoln made him rescind the order.

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      Blood of Damascus

      When several prominent Jews in Damascus were accused of using non-Jewish blood to make matzah, the Jews of the world banded together to fight back. American Jewry specifically experienced its first taste of successful, united action.

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      Don Solomono, Jewish Indian Chief

      Solomon Bibo won the trust of the Acoma Pueblo Indians of New Mexico, and in 1888 he became governor of the Acoma Pueblo.

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      The St. Louis

      The German luxury ship, the St. Louis, sailed to Cuba with over 900 passengers on it, only to be turned away and sent back to Europe.


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