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American, Presidential, and Jewish History Since 1840
American, Presidential, and Jewish History Since 1840

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"I will entrust you with a secret which I have communicated to no one except my own family and desire you to retain it.... Libbie Bacon is the fortunate or unfortunate person, whichever it will be, who will unite her destinies with mine."
December 5th, 1839: The birth of George Armstrong Custer http://www.shapell.org/Collection/Custeriana #OTD
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70 Yrs #OTD in 1946: Execution of 10 Nazi War Criminals - The Nuremberg Trial hangings: http://buff.ly/2deBsD4
"Dear General Eisenhower
I feel that you might want to see the enclosed letter personally. It is a rather unusual request. I am informing this soldier that in the event the Seventh Army is given the mission of shooting the German Reich Marshall Goering we will honor his request.
Respectfully,
A.M.PATCH
Lieutenant General, U.S. Army"
#holocaust #WW2 #WWII
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"We Have Not Yet Appointed a Hebrew" - Abraham Lincoln.
A leading historian of American Judaism, Jonathan Sarna, discusses Abraham Lincoln’s fascination with the Jews—and Jews’ fascination with Lincoln.
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"At the outset of the war, the Union medical corps consisted of 83 surgeons and assistant surgeons, few if any of whom had ever treated a gunshot wound."
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July 4th, 1863, Letter from Union Soldier at the Gettysburg Battlefield
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June 25, 2016 - 140 Years since the Battle of the Little Bighorn - General Custer's Last Stand #OTD
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Happy Father's Day!
"He was always very indulgent to his children – chided or praised for it he always said, 'It is my pleasure that my children are free – happy and unrestrained by parental tyranny. Love is the chain whereby to lock a child to its parent.'" - Mary Lincoln on Abraham Lincoln's parenting. http://www.shapell.org/this-day-in-history/fathers-day
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Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration of Independence, doesn't want it known he is buying British-made blankets for “those poor creatures,” his slaves. #OTD June 10, 1811
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Provocative David Ben-Gurion letter as the Six-Day War commenced in 1967: "our army will defeat all our enemies. Public opinion says that it takes "two Arabs to equal one Israeli soldier." I can tell you: not even five Arabs can equal one Israeli soldier." #JerusalemDay
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