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How Abraham Lincoln Changed the Way Jews Live in the US
Ralph Nurnberger

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: This presentation will focus on how Abraham Lincoln dealt with the small Jewish community in America. Abraham Lincoln is well known for having reversed the most notorious anti-Jewish edict ever issued by an official of the US government, namely a directive by General Ulysses S. Grant known as “General Orders Number 11.” General Grant sought to expel the Jews from their homes in most of Tennessee and parts of Kentucky. Literally two days after the Emancipation Proclamation took effect, Lincoln revoked "General Order Number 11." But Lincoln’s involvement with the Jews in America is much more extensive than this one episode. During his lifetime, the number of Jews in the United States increased from 3,000 to 150,000. Many Americans were alarmed by this development and treated Jews as second-class citizens and religious outsiders. On the other hand, Lincoln befriended Jews, supported the concept of Jewish equality, appointed a number of Jews to public office, and had Jewish advisers and supporters. Lincoln even thought about Palestine - on the day of his assassination he told his wife that one of his lifelong dreams was to visit Jerusalem.

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Dr. Ralph Nurnberger taught History and International Relations at Georgetown University beginning in 1975.  He received the Excellence in Teaching award from the Graduate School of Liberal Studies in 2003.  His most recent course at Georgetown was a graduate seminar on the Arab-Israel conflict.  Dr. Nurnberger has served on the professional staff of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, as a Senior Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), Legislative Liaison for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) and Director of Congressional Relations for the Bureau of Export Administration at the US Department of Commerce. He was the first Director of "Builders of Peace" which was established to assist the Middle East Peace Process through economic development.  He has also advised numerous congressional, senatorial and presidential campaigns on foreign policy issues, especially those related to the Middle East.  Dr. Nurnberger received his BA from Queens College, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and was captain of the varsity tennis team.  He holds an MA from Columbia University and a PhD from Georgetown University.

FPL12043
Time: 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Date: Monday, December 4, 2017
Location: Barry and Florence Friedberg Auditorium, Boca Raton Campus
Fees: Member - $30 per event
$75 for any combination of three events, members only
$120 for any combination of eight events, members only

Non-member - $35
Cash will no longer be accepted as payment for lectures.

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