Lincoln and the Jews

  • by Jonathan D. Sarna, Benjamin Shapell
  • Narrated by David Colacci
  • 8 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

One hundred and fifty years after Abraham Lincoln's death, the full story of his extraordinary relationship with Jews is told here for the first time. Lincoln and the Jews: A History provides listeners both with a captivating narrative of his interactions with Jews and the opportunity to immerse themselves in rare manuscripts. Lincoln's lifetime coincided with the emergence of Jews on the national scene in the United States. When he was born, in 1809, scarcely 3,000 Jews lived in the entire country. By the time of his assassination in 1865, large-scale immigration had brought that number up to more than 150,000.
Many Americans were alarmed by this development and treated Jews as second-class citizens and religious outsiders. Lincoln exhibited precisely the opposite tendency. He befriended Jews from a young age, promoted Jewish equality, appointed numerous Jews to public office, had Jewish advisers and supporters starting already from the early 1850s, as well as later during his two presidential campaigns. Through his actions and his rhetoric - replacing "Christian nation," for example, with "this nation under God" - he embraced Jews as insiders. The volume uncovers a new and previously unknown feature of Abraham Lincoln's life, one that broadened him, and, as a result, broadened America.


What the Critics Say

"Sarna and manuscript collector Shapell offer a vivid, fresh perspective on Lincoln's life and times." (Kirkus)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Excellent information, repeats annoying

The story is mostly chronological, the only detract ion is that some stories are repeated several times. I listened to it as an Audible book so this maybe due to multiple documents on the same incident/ relationship. This a continual issue with audio books, that they ignore photographs, illustrations and other supporting material. The lack of inclusion of this material elsewhere is telling.
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- cshapiro


Great Subject . Looked forward to learning a lot. Material is presented in a repetitive manner . Colacci presents the material Well but the same quotations are presented throughout the book . It's ok, but I expected more.
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- FatOldBroad

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-09-2015
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio