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Traditions Hall, Alumni Center, ALC 100
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On December 17, 1862, as the Civil War entered its second winter, General Ulysses S. Grant issued a sweeping order, expelling "Jews as a class" from his war zone. It remains the most notorious anti-Jewish official order in American history. In this lecture, Jonathan D. Sarna, professor of American Jewish History at Brandeis University discusses how this decision shaped Grant's election and relationship with the American Jewish community. Surprisingly, he did more for Jews than any other president to his time. How this happened, and why, sheds new light on one of our most enigmatic presidents, on the Jews of his day, and on America itself.