One Nation, Under Gods: A New Amer­i­can History

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May 19, 2015

One Nation Under Gods is a his­to­ry of Amer­i­ca told from the point of view of the minor­i­ty faiths that have been there from the begin­ning, with a spe­cial focus on for­got­ten moments in the Jew­ish Amer­i­can expe­ri­ence. There are chap­ters on the Jew­ish sea­men trav­el­ing with Colum­bus who were the first to spot land and attempt to com­mu­ni­cate with Indi­ans in 1492; and a 17th cen­tu­ry Jew­ish physi­cian in Mary­land who was near­ly hanged for call­ing Jesus a magi­cian; and a Yid­dish let­ter writ­ten in Philadel­phia in 1776 that was mis­tak­en by the British for a cod­ed rebel mes­sage dur­ing the rev­o­lu­tion. Oth­er details of Jew­ish Amer­i­can his­to­ry through­out the book range from Peter Stuyvesant attempt­ing to evict the Jews of New Ams­ter­dam in 1654 to Allen Gins­berg and Abbie Hoff­man attempt­ing to the lev­i­tate the Pen­ta­gon in 1967.

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