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When General Grant Expelled the Jews

Ahadhaamoratsim Wrote: May 14, 2012 1:24 PM
"Should they vote for a party they considered bad for the country just to avoid voting for a man who had been bad to the Jews?" Fortunately this year I can vote against someone who has spent the last 4 years proving that I was right to fear that he would be bad for the country AND bad for the Jews.

IN DECEMBER 1862, from his military headquarters in Mississippi, Major General Ulysses S. Grant issued a directive expelling "Jews as a class" from the immense war zone known as the Department of the Tennessee. General Orders No. 11 was the most notorious anti-Jewish edict ever issued by an official of the US government, and it was overruled by the commander-in-chief -- President Abraham Lincoln -- as soon as he learned of it in Washington.

Notwithstanding its sweeping terms, the order turned out to have little immediate impact on the thousands of Jews living in the area under Grant's command. Only about...