WETA Extras

The Early Jewish Community

Special | 2m 18s Video has closed captioning.

By the 19th century, a significant number of Jews were immigrating to and living in the United States. Thousands of patriotic Jewish citizens fought in the Union Army. So, why, in the midst of the Civil War, did the government try to expel them from three states? And, how did Washington D.C.'s first synagogue help heal the scars of this discrimination?

Aired: 01/08/08

Rating: NR

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