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- DescriptionOver the course of American history, Jews have held many American leaders in high esteem, but they maintain a unique emotional bond with Abraham Lincoln. From the time of his presidency to the present day, American Jews have persistently viewed Lincoln as one of their own, casting him as a Jewish sojourner and, in certain respects, a Jewish role model. The first volume of documents to focus on the history of Lincoln's image, influence, and reputation among American Jews, this pioneering compendium considers how Lincoln acquired his exceptional status and how, over the past century and a half, this fascinating relationship has evolved. Organised into twelve chrological and thematic chapters, these little-kwn primary source documents-including rare newspaper clippings, journal articles, letters, poems, and sermons-provide insight into a wide variety of issues relating to Lincoln's Jewish connection, including his response to the Jewish chaplain controversy; General U.S. Grant's General Orders No. 11 expelling Jews, as a class from the Military Department of Tennessee; Jewish eulogies after Lincoln's assassination; how American Jews have Judaized Lincoln ever since his death; and how Lincoln became the avatar of America's highest moral aspirations to its Jewish citizenry. With thoughtful chapter introductions that provide readers with a historical narrative that sets a context for the antated documents that follow, this volume provides a fascinating chronicle of American Jewry's unfolding historical encounter with the life and symbolic image of Abraham Lincoln, shedding light on many overlooked aspects of the American Jewish experience.
- Author BiographyGary Phillip Zola is the executive director of the Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives and a professor of the American Jewish experience at Hebrew Union College. He is the author of The Americanization of the Jewish Prayer Book and the Liturgical Development of Congregation Ahawath Chesed, New York City; and Isaac Harby of Charleston: Jewish Reformer and Liberal; and he has edited several books, including Women Rabbis: Exploration & Celebration; and The Dynamics of American Jewish History: Jacob Rader Marcus's Essays on American Jewry.
- Author(s)Gary Phillip Zola
- PublisherSouthern Illinois University Press
- Date of Publication28/02/2014
- SubjectRegional History
- Place of PublicationCarbondale
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintSouthern Illinois University Press
- Content Note59 illustrations
- Weight803 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine34 mm
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