Lecture Description

As we move toward the 250th anniversary of the Revolution, this lecture explores the participation of Jews in the conflict with England truly changes the nature of religious liberty in the United States. During the Revolution and its aftermath, Jews held elected and appointed public office, voted, served as military officers, practiced law and served as judges, and actively (and mostly successfully) lobbied for full political equality in the new nation. In Europe or other New World colonies there were no Jewish military officers and Jews could not do all or most of these activities. For example, Jews were not permitted to serve as military officers or be admitted to Inns of Court in England or vote in England’s Caribbean colonies for more than a half-century after the American Revolution began.  


Jewish Revolutionary and Early National

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