By Howard M. Sachar
Monumental in scope and intensity, this vibrantly precise chronicle sweeps from New Amsterdam of 1654, the place Brazilian Jewish refugees validated a beachhead sooner or later manhattan, to the Eighties crusade to resettle Soviet Jews within the usa. within the such a lot accomplished and revealing account thus far of the saga of yankee Jewry, George Washington college historian Sachar explores how Jews confronted the problem of holding their historical staff id inside of a widening matrix of Americanization. He charts the contributions of Jews from the innovative struggle to the California Gold Rush of 1849 to exertions activism and Tin Pan Alley. He additionally profiles ratings of influential Jews starting from Samuel Gompers to Alfred Heinz (Henry) Kissinger. Sachar ( A historical past of Israel ) comprises relatively incisive sections on American Jews' heated divisions over Zionism, the efforts to rescue Europe's Jews from Nazism, black-Jewish family members and the Jews' effect on American tradition. This soaking up narrative unfolds a wonderful epic of immigration, attractiveness, acculturation and reaffirmed id within the face of institutionalized discrimination.
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In 2001, it barely survived an assault by a self-styled middle-western "wanderer" from Nebraska, who wore camouflage pants, dreadlocks, and a Jesus 50 ISAAC N O R R I S AND THE T-shirt. He tried to smash it with a fivepound sledgehammer, shouting "God lives" as he was subdued by tourists and rangers. After that incident, the National Park Service announced that the Liberty Bell would be surrounded by "heavily armed" guards, a sad irony in an open society. Amid all the attention that swirls around this American icon, the Liberty Bell itself sometimes disappears from sight, and its origins are not well remembered.
THE LOYAL N I N E AND THE LIBERTY TREE New England Visions of Collective Rights and Individual Responsibilities Preserve the common Liberty. .. The publick Liberty must be preserved though at the expense of many lives. —SAMUEL ADAMS, I7751 I N THE W I N T E R OF 1775-76, a New England soldier named James Pike made himself a powder horn. It was a work of art, elaborately decorated in an old tradition of Yankee horn carving. On one side he carved his name and a scene that explained why he took up arms in the American Revolution.
They were town-born men, descended from the Puritan Migration. 7 The Loyal Nine were like many tavern clubs in that era. John Adams THELOYALNINEANDTHELIBERTYTREE attended one of their meetings, though he was not a member. "We had Punch, Wine, Pipes and Tobacco, Bisquit and Cheese—&c," he wrote. "8 The times were not good on the night of August 13,1765, when these men met in Thomas Chase's distillery, across the street from Deacon Elliott's house. The colonies were caught in a world depression, and a hard-pressed British Parliament had imposed the new Stamp Tax without their consent, when they could least afford to pay.
A History of the Jews in America by Howard M. Sachar