Early American Jewry, by Jacob R. Marcus
The history of Colonial America has an intrinsic importance; it was in the Colonial period that our national institutions began to take form. Unfortunately, other considerations have often obscured our view of it. Thus for many groups Colonial history became the touchstone by which they demonstrated their sense of belonging in America. Since the 1890′s, a host of ethnic societies have pursued the quest for pre-Revolutionary ancestors. Devoted as their labors have been, their filiopietistic zeal has also produced distortions in our understanding of the beginnings of modern American institutions.
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