One Nation, Under Gods: A New American History

Little, Brown and Company  2015


One Nation Under Gods is a history of America told from the point of view of the minority faiths that have been there from the beginning, with a special focus on forgotten moments in the Jewish American experience. There are chapters on the Jewish seamen traveling with Columbus who were the first to spot land and attempt to communicate with Indians in 1492; and a 17th century Jewish physician in Maryland who was nearly hanged for calling Jesus a magician; and a Yiddish letter written in Philadelphia in 1776 that was mistaken by the British for a coded rebel message during the revolution. Other details of Jewish American history throughout the book range from Peter Stuyvesant attempting to evict the Jews of New Amsterdam in 1654 to Allen Ginsberg and Abbie Hoffman attempting to the levitate the Pentagon in 1967.

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