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By Howard M. Sachar

Spanning 350 years of Jewish event during this kingdom, A background of the Jews in the USA is a necessary chronicle by means of the writer of The process glossy Jewish History.

With striking scholarship and a riveting feel of element, Howard M. Sachar tells the tales of Spanish marranos and Russian refugees, of noblemen and threadbare social revolutionaries, of philanthropists and Hollywood moguls. whilst, he elucidates the grand topics of the Jewish stumble upon with the United States, from the bigotry of a Christian majority to the tensions between Jews of other origins and ideology, and from the fight for reputation to the ambivalence of assimilation.

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Then a local preacher, described as "a white-headed, red-faced, and gold-spectacled fellow," mumbled a prayer. Next a Virginia delegate, hand-picked by the National Committee, nominated a temporary secretary. Again the nominee had no competition and won by a voice vote. It was evident that Vallandigham's committee had planned the initial steps well. The remainder of the first day's session was less orderly and tested the skills of the presiding officer and his parliamentarian. Members introduced resolutions, appealed to the chair, and raised points of order as Douglas's friends and foes matched tactics and maneuvers.

Returned to Dayton to go on a speaking tour for Rufus P. Ranney, the Democratic gubernatorial nominee. Arranged by the Democratic State Central Committee, the tour took the Dayton congressman from one end of the state to the other. He gave a major address in New Lisbon, returning to his birthplace as a local boy who had made good. On every platform he portrayed Republicans as "disunionists," using their own statements to convict them. Because it was difficult to defend President Buchanan's veto of the Homestead Bill, Vallandigham, like other Midwestern Democrats, tried to lessen the sting by pointing out that prominent New England Republi7 Entry of 8 September 1859, Daniel L.

D o ~ g l a s . ~ ~ Vallandigham also visited the Charleston Hotel, where William L. Yancey, Alabama secessionist and prince of radicalism, had taken up residence. "29 Yancey, who knew how to mix words and emotion convincingly, greeted i callers, denounced Douglas, and dreamed of a ~ o u t - h econfederacy. Fire-eaters such as Yancey and John Slidell of Louisiana were not the only delegates who distrusted Douglas. Jesse Bright of Indiana and William Bigler of Pennsylvania had naught but scorn for the ambitious senator from Illinois.

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