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Press Release
April 17, 2012

National Archives Presents Author Discussion of When General Grant Expelled the Jews on May 3

Archives Commemorates Jewish American Heritage Month

Washington, DC…On Thursday, May 3, at 7 p.m., the National Archives, in partnership with the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington, presents Dr. Jonathan Sarna, a leading expert on Jewish American history, in a discussion of his book When General Grant Expelled the Jews. Journalist, writer, and political commentator Steven V. Roberts will join the discussion with Dr. Sarna. The program is co-sponsored by the Washington DCJCC, the National Museum of American Jewish Military History, the Jewish War Veterans, the Foundation for Jewish Studies, and the Jewish Community Relations Council.A book signing will follow the program.

Newly released, When General Grant Expelled the Jews, gives a riveting account of General Ulysses S. Grant’s decision in the middle of the Civil War, to order the expulsion of all Jews from the territory under his command.

The program is free and open to the public, and will be held in the William G. McGowan Theater of the National Archives Building in Washington, DC, located on the National Mall at Constitution Ave. and 7th Street, NW. Metro accessible on the Yellow and Green lines, Archives/Navy Memorial/Penn Quarter station. Attendees should enter through the Special Events entrance on 7th and Constitution Ave, NW.

Dr. Jonathan D. Sarna is the Joseph H. and Belle R. Braun Professor of American Jewish History and Chair of the Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program at Brandeis University and chief historian of the National Museum of American Jewish History. He has written, edited, or co-edited more than twenty books and is best known for the acclaimed American Judaism: A History, which received the Jewish Book Council’s Everett Family Foundation Jewish Book of the Year Award in 2004. Born in Philadelphia, and raised in New York and Boston, Dr. Sarna attended Brandeis University, the Boston Hebrew College, Merkaz HaRav Kook in Jerusalem, and Yale University, where he obtained his doctorate. He lives in Massachusetts.

The National Archives is fully accessible. To request an accommodation (e.g., sign language interpreter) for a public program please email public.program@nara.gov or call 202-357-5000 prior to the event to ensure proper arrangements are secured. Spring/Summer museum hours are 10 AM-7 PM, daily.

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