Wednesday, February 9, 2022

Jews in Colonial America

 If you know a patriot who has misgivings about Jews (I have never met one, but I am sure they are out there) share this video with them:

I learned a bit. One item only touched on was Jews in colonial militias.  From my book Armed America (2007):
Jews were exempted from militia duty, and obligated to pay a special tax instead, because: “first the disgust and unwillingness of these trainbands to be fellow soldiers with the aforesaid nation and to be on guard with them in the same guard house and on the other side, that the said nation was not admitted or counted among the citizens” in Amsterdam “nor (to our knowledge) in any city in Netherland.”[1] 

[1] Berthold Fernow, ed., Documents Relating to the Colonial History of the State of New York (Albany, N.Y.: Weed, Parsons & Co., 1887; reprinted New York: AMS Press, Inc., 1969), 12:96. 

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