New PDF release: Jews and the Civil War: A Reader

ISBN-10: 081474091X

ISBN-13: 9780814740910

A minimum of 8,000 Jewish infantrymen fought for the Union and Confederacy through the Civil struggle. a number of served jointly in Jewish businesses whereas so much fought along Christian comrades. but whilst they stood “shoulder-to-shoulder” at the entrance strains, they encountered precise challenges.

In Jews and the Civil conflict, Jonathan D. Sarna and Adam Mendelsohn gather for the 1st time the key scholarship on Jews and the Civil struggle, little recognized even to experts within the box. those available and far-ranging essays from most sensible students are grouped into seven thematic sections—Jews and Slavery, Jews and Abolition, Rabbis and the March to struggle, Jewish infantrymen throughout the Civil warfare, the house entrance, Jews as a category, and Aftermath—each with an advent by way of the editors. jointly they reappraise the influence of the warfare on Jews within the North and the South, providing a wealthy and engaging portrait of the event of Jewish squaddies and civilians from the house entrance to the conflict front.

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The measure included a Bureau of Corporations armed with subpoena power to investigate interstate business and expose illegal activities. Other successes came in conservation. Roosevelt was the first president to focus public attention on natural resources. Emphasizing the overdevelopment of grazing, lumber, and water projects on public lands in the West, he withdrew about 120- 160 million acres from development, increasing reserves by nearly one-half during his first term . Additionally, he supported the Newlands Reclamation Act of 1902, which set aside almost the entire THE PRESIDENT AND THE ENVIRO NMENTALIST Theodore Roosevelt and conservation pioneer John Muir on Glacier Point, Yosemite Valley, circa 1906.

Seldom have two luminaries so ignited the public mind within a single generation. The most significant chief executives between the end of the Civil War and the start of the New Deal, they contrasted in styles and temperaments and exploited each other as a foil. Each possessed an iron will that would not permit him to give up (although fate might have been kinder to them if sometimes they had given up). Roosevelt, who took office in 1901, awakened the country like a fire bell in the night. He thrilled, confounded, and polarized Americans.

But there was no denying the extent of corruption, as journalist Lincoln Steffens documented in his 1904 book The Shame of the Cities. In nearly every city he studied, Steffens found bosses who took bribes for favoring businesses in granting utility franchises, contracts for public services, and construction of municipal buildings; these businesses, in turn, charged exorbitant prices. Bosses also stole from the public by padding city payrolls with "deadhead" employees who did little tor their paychecks.

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