What role has anti-Semitism played in American history? Is anti-Semitism a pervasive phenomenon, a late and alien phenomenon, or something in between? This lecture will trace the course of anti-Semitism in America and closely examine two historic anti-Semitic documents. We will conclude with a discussion of American exceptionalism. Has America been different from Europe with respect to anti-Semitism or could the world’s oldest hatred spread to these shores as well?
Dr. Jonathan Sarna is the Joseph H. & Belle R. Braun Professor of American Jewish History and Chair of the Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program at Brandeis University. He is also the president of the Association for Jewish Studies and Chief Historian of the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia.
Dubbed by the Forward newspaper in 2004 as one of America’s fifty most influential American Jews, he was Chief Historian for the 350th commemoration of the American Jewish community, and is recognized as a leading commentator on American Jewish history, religion and life. In 2009, he was elected to the
American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Dr. Sarna has written, edited, or co-edited more than thirty books, including Lincoln and the Jews: A History (with Benjamin Shapell) and When General Grant Expelled the Jews. He is best known for the acclaimed American Judaism: A History. Winner of the Jewish Book Council’s “Jewish Book of the Year Award” in 2004, it has been praised as being “the single best description of American Judaism during its 350 years on American soil.”
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