One Nation Under God: Lecture One

wednesday, february 1, 2023, 7.30pm

The American Presidency – Bias & Antisemitism

Although many US Presidents have emphasized the value of religious freedom, non-Protestant immigrants in the US faced exclusion for generations. Jews, too, had to face anti-Jewish sentiments and discrimination since the early days of the American Republic …

about the speaker

Armin Langer, PhD

Armin Langer is a DAAD Visiting Assistant Professor at the Center for European Studies. Prior to joining CES, he was a Visiting Research Scholar at Brandeis University’s Schusterman Center for Israel Studies in Waltham, MA, a Transatlantic Partnership on Memory & Democracy Fellow at the Center for German Studies at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, and worked for the Center for Jewish Ethics at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Wyncote, PA.

digitized resource

Annual Report of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations

As an example of some of the discriminations American Jews faced in the early 20th century, this Annual Report from May 1923 includes reports on the hardships caused by the immigration laws under President Harding, particularly the proposed “Equal Citizenship Bill”, and the antisemitic discrimination practices of American colleges (see pages 9171-9194 of the report)