Introduction

The American Revolution and its ideals sent shock waves throughout the world. Notions of equality, natural rights, citizenship, and just power had galvanized thirteen colonies and the disparate religious and ethnic groups who inhabited them. However, following the fighting and the final shirking of the British monarchy, questions still remained.

They were especially important to the Jewish inhabitants of North America, given their status as a religious minority within the broader, predominantly Protestant and Christian, culture.

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