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This Land of Liberty: A History of America's Jews Paperback – January, 1986

ISBN-13: 978-0874414219 ISBN-10: 0874414210

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 215 pages
  • Publisher: Behrman House (January 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0874414210
  • ISBN-13: 978-0874414219
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8.5 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,421,241 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Did you know that Philadelphia's first synagogue was built with the aid of many distinguished contributors including Benjamin Franklin?; that when George Wash-ington came to Rhode Island, the head of the Newport synagogue greeted him as "brother" and welcomed him with a secret password?; that it was a Jewish firm that hired Daniel Boone to survey the Kentucky frontier?; that Jewish pioneers and pathfinders who traveled west to trade with the Indians negotiated treaties with their chiefs, mastered every Indian language from Choctaw to Ute, and improvised ways to keep kosher in the wilderness?; that Jewish abolitionists rode with John Brown?; that a Jew from Louisiana was known as "the brains of the Confederacy"?; how Robert E. Lee honored the Jewish New Year?; that a Jew was Abraham Lincoln's life-long friend and another Jew served as one of Lincoln's generals? From the earliest settlers (who arrived only 34 years after the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock), to Esther Brown (the Kansas housewife whose lawsuit led to the landmark Supreme Court decision ending segregation in the public schools), Jews have been among the builders and movers of America. They came from nearly every and of the globe and they settled in nearly every corner of this continent. Their story, based on the authentic family records of generation after generation of American Jews, is told in This Land Of Liberty: A History Of America's Jews, along with more than 500 contemporary drawings, prints, and vintage photographs. This Land Of Liberty is a compendium of more than 350 years of American history as seen through the eyes of the Jews who experienced it. This Land Of Liberty deserves a place on the shelf of every school and community library throughout the country! -- Midwest Book Review

More About the Author

Helene Schwartz Kenvin was graduated from Brown University, where she majored in Religious Studies and specialized in Islam. She received her law degree from Columbia University, where she studied Islamic law under Egyptian jurist Saba Habachy. Among her most well-known cases were the successful defense of William Buckley, William Rusher, and National Review against libel charges brought by Linus Pauling, the appeal of the Chicago 7 case (she argued the fair-trial issues), and representation of hundreds of demonstrators at the 1972 political convention in Miami. Kenvin also was on the faculty of Rutgers Law School (Camden), where she taught courses in advanced criminal-constitutional law and litigation. In 1984, Kenvin founded The Caucasus Network, an international, all-volunteer organization that has rescued thousands of persecuted people from the Caucasus and Central Asian (Muslim) republics of the former Soviet Union. Kenvin has lectured widely on criminal-constitutional law, militant Islam, and researching family history. She is the author of six privately-published volumes of poetry.

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This is a great book with lots of good information and a whole slew of interesting photos. Great history book to read for actual fun.
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