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College of Arts & Sciences
Jewish Studies Program

2010 Solomon-Tenenbaum Lectureship

Solomon-Tenenbaum Lecture 2010


Jonathan D. Sarna


Joseph H. and Belle R. Braun Professor of American Jewish History, Brandeis University

October 26, 2010

"Ulysses S. Grant and the Jews: An Untold Story"
8:00 p.m.
Gambrell Auditorium, 1st Floor 
*Free and Open to the Public*


"Human Rights and the American Civil War"
1:30 - 2:45 p.m.
Lumpkin Auditorium, 8th Floor
Moore School of Business
*Free and Open to the Public*


Thomas J. Brown
Associate Professor of History,
University of South Carolina
"The Invention of American Citizenship"


Bobby J. Donaldson
Associate Professor of History, 
University of South Carolina
"Now is the Day, and Now is the Hour: 
Black Carolinians and the Battle for Freedom and Justice"


Jonathan D. Sarna
Joseph H. and Belle R. Braun Professor of American Jewish History, Near Eastern and Judaic Studies, 
Brandeis University
"Two General Orders #11: Dilemmas of Human Rights in Wartime"


Mark M. Smith
Carolina Distinguished Professor of History, 
University of South Carolina
"Jewish Confederates (Not in the Attic)">


Stanley Dubinsky
Director, Jewish Studies Program, 
University of South Carolina


Lecture Description:
On December 17, 1862, as the Civil War entered its second winter, General Ulysses S. Grant issued a sweeping order, General Orders #11, expelling “Jews as a class” from his war zone. It remains the most notorious anti-Jewish official order in American history. The order came back to haunt Grant in 1868 when he ran for president. Never before had Jews been so widely noticed in a presidential contest, and never before had they been confronted so publicly with the question of how to balance their “American” and “Jewish” interests. During his two terms in the White House, the memory of the “obnoxious order” shaped Grant’s relationship with the American Jewish community. Surprisingly, he did more for Jews than any other president to his time. How this happened, and why, sheds new light on one of our most enigmatic presidents, on the Jews of his day, and on America itself.

Jonathan D. Sarna, Guest Lecturer: 
Dr. Jonathan Sarna is the Joseph H. & Belle R. Braun Professor of American Jewish History at Brandeis University and Director of its Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program. Dubbed by the Forward newspaper in 2004 as one of America’s fifty most influential American Jews, he was Chief Historian for the 350th commemoration of the American Jewish community, and is recognized as a leading commentator on American Jewish history, religion and life.

For more information on Dr. Sarna, please click here.

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