In this fascinating, thoroughly researched, and enlightening book, When General Grant Expelled the Jews, Jonathan D. Sarna, takes us back in time to the American Civil War (1861-1865) when tensions ran high in a divided, war-ridden, America. It was into this turbulent environment that General Ulysses S. Grant (somewhat shockingly) issued an edict of expulsion for all Jews in his territory.
This book explores the order of expulsion, the reactions of Jews and non-Jews in America at that time, and the consequences of the order.
Ultimately, General Grant went on to become President Grant (1869-1877). As President, Grant warmly embraced the Jews, ultimately becoming one of the most benevolent American Presidents in his interactions with the Jews.
A most interesting read, When General Grant Expelled the Jews brings light to what is perhaps a little known period in the history of American Jewry.