Patriotism of the American Jew

Patriotism of the American Jew

Patriotism of the American Jew

Patriotism of the American Jew

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In this contribution I have endeavored to give some estimate of the part played by the Jew in the development of our history and of the title he has established to all the rights of our citizenship. The references to remoter history form a necessary background, being essential in my opinion to an understanding of the danger involved in any departure from the American attitude, which has been not merely beneficial to ourselves but also to Europe.

With us race prejudice against the Jew had been steadily disappearing and gave promise of becoming outgrown. But it has recently been revived by concerted propaganda undertaken both here and in Europe, the evil results of which are already apparent. Before a settled race prejudice, constitutional guarantees are likely to shrink into mere paper rights, and its influence to be seen in the enactment and administration of law. Resistance to the formation of unjust and hostile opinion against a race becomes a public duty.

I have chiefly concerned myself with the accusation that the Jew can be true to no country and is lacking in the capacity for patriotism. I have thought the best way of dealing with this and similar charges was to point to what individual Jews had done and from that to derive the char-

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