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PBS documents struggles and successes of U.S. Jewry


URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/arts/article/pbs_documents_struggles_and_successes_of_us_jewry_20080104

Jewish life in North America was nearly aborted before birth when the governor of New Amsterdam sought to expel 23 Brazilian Jews, who landed at the southern tip of Manhattan in 1654. In a petition to his superiors at the Dutch West India Company in Amsterdam, Peter Stuyvesant urged "that this deceitful race... be not allowed to further infest and trouble the new colony."

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