“There Is No ‘Jewish Vote’”

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January 1, 2012
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Secretary of the Board of Delegates of American Israelites Myer S. Isaacs wrote to President Abraham Lincoln on the eve of the presidential election, October 26, 1864, that ìthe ‘Jewish vote’ which does not exist.” Isaacs nevertheless assures Lincoln that ìthe majority of Israelite citizens must concur in attachment for the Union and a determination to leave no means untried to maintain its honor.”

From a letter of Myer S. Isaacs, Secretary of the Board of Delegates of American Israelites, to President Abraham Lincoln, Oct. 26, 1864, Abraham Lincoln Papers, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress

This box is reprinted from a Library of Congress feature, ‘From Haven to Home: 350 Years of Jewish Life in America’ on the library’s Web site, www.loc.gov/exhibits/haventohome/haven-home.html.

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