American Overture: Jewish Rights in Colonial Times

American Overture: Jewish Rights in Colonial Times

American Overture: Jewish Rights in Colonial Times

American Overture: Jewish Rights in Colonial Times

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This work does not pretend to be a full-dimensioned study of Jewish experience during America's colonial age, although I am glad that a liberal proportion of that story has found its way into my pages. My main consideration has been the interaction of Jewish forces with the early American scene as manifested in the expanding rights of the Jewish minority and in the growing recognition that Jews were men who might aspire to full civic equality. This theme has tremendous meaning in the unfolding of Jewish history and in the upbuilding of the democratic principle as we know it today. It serves fittingly as an American overture.

Now that the typescript has been transformed into a book, I think humbly of the words used by the grandson of Ben Sira when he presented his forebear's work to a Hellenistic public. "Ye are entreated, therefore," he wrote, "to make your perusal with favor and attention, and to be indulgent if in any parts of what we have laboured to interpret we may seem to fail in some of the phrases."

A list of individuals and libraries to whom I owe a debt of gratitude for aid offered and hospitality extended would exhaust the patience of readers. It would be churlish, however, not to thank by name a few of those who showed me great kindness.

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