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Jonathan D. Sarna and Adam D. Mendelsohn

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780814740910

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814740910.001.0001

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Candidate Grant and the Jews

Candidate Grant and the Jews

(p.399) 17 Candidate Grant and the Jews
Jews and the Civil War

Joakim Isaacs

NYU Press

This chapter focuses on the Jews' attitudes toward General Ulysses S. Grant's 1868 presidential campaign. When the Republican Party nominated Grant for president in 1868, the idea of a Jewish vote and the question of a presidential candidate's alleged antisemitism emerged as a central political issue. Horatio Seymour, Grant's rival from the Democratic Party, attempted to convince Jews to not vote for Grant by recalling the general's 1862 order barring “Jews as a class” from his war zone. This chapter shows that some Jews felt torn between conflicting loyalties—to the Republican Party and to the Jewish people. It also considers Grant's attempts to befriend the Jews after winning the presidential election, such as appointing Jews to public office and addressing Jewish concerns.

Keywords:   presidential election, Jews, Ulysses S. Grant, Republican Party, antisemitism, Horatio Seymour, Democratic Party

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