In part 3 of his lecture series on Jews and American Politics: From Outsiders to Insiders, Professor Jonathan D. Sarna discussed Teddy Roosevelt, Taft and Wilson: Jewish Politics Enters the Mainstream. The early twentieth century witnessed the rapid growth of America’s Jewish population and the emergence of political issues, such as immigration restriction and US policy toward Russia, that shaped Jewish voting patterns more than ever before. As ethnic politics became normative in America, politicians on both sides of the political spectrum came to court Jewish voters. The “Jewish vote” became a factor of growing importance in American politics, with implications both for Jews and for America.
This lecture was held for the inaugural Sidney and Miriam Brettler Memorial Series 5777, sponsored by their children.
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