Bob Diamond

Lincoln, Grant and the Jews

In December 1862, in the Civil War, General Ulysses S. Grant, in charge of the Western territory, initiated the most sweeping anti-Semitic regulation in all of American History. He issued General Order No. 11, “which expelled all Jews from Kentucky, Tennessee and Mississippi, within 24 hours and any Jews remaining ...

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David Levy Yulee – ‘The Florida Fire Eater’

Moses Levy, an observant Jew, took great pride in 1845 when his son David was elected as America’s first Jewish U.S. Senator. It was short lived. It all started when Rachel Levy, a young English Jewess, was captured by Moroccan pirates and sold to a prominent Muslim named Jacoub ibn ...

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Jefferson – The Ambiguities of Human Nature

I recently had the pleasure to attend a lecture at Broward College by Pulitzer Prize author Jon Meacham (Thomas Jefferson, The Art of Power). Meacham’s conclusion, “Although Jefferson was flawed and a hypocrite over the issues of blacks and slavery, he still deserves credit as one of our greatest presidents.” ...

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Grace Coolidge, FDR and the Jewish children

In the coming years, a new tragic chapter may be added to the story of Anne Frank’s diary, as her life could have been saved. In 1938, the Wagner-Rogers Bill was introduced into Congress that would have admitted 20,000 German Jewish children under the age of 14, outside the quota ...

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Jefferson speaks out

In view of the charges that I am a hypocrite over my relationship with my slave Sally Hemings and the 1998 DNA connecting results, I decided to tell my side of the story. Sally and my beloved wife Martha were half-sisters. Sally’s mother Betty was a slave concubine to Martha’s ...

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Who was the real Thomas Jefferson?

Historians have mainly sidestepped Jefferson’s personal beliefs and lifelong ownership of slaves, having revered him for his immortal words “All men are created equal.” Based upon two recent books, Jefferson’s honeymoon may be over. In Henry Wiencek’s book “Master of the Mountain,” he states that a reading of Jefferson’s records ...

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Who would you vote for!

Two candidates are running for the U.S. Senate; one a two-term Senate incumbent, and the other, a former one term Congressman. Both express positions on a major issue impacting a part of our nation. The Senator believes we should let the people in the impacted area vote and decide the ...

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Lincoln and Nevada Becoig a State

Ask long-time Nevada residents why their state was admitted into the Union on October 31, 1864 and the probable answer would be because its silver and gold production “was needed to help finance the Civil War.” It’s a wonderful tale but not true. According to Nevada State Archivist Guy Rocha, ...

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