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Theodore Roosevelt
Theodore Roosevelt: “I should no more have a man entered on a passport as a Hebrew, than as an Episcopalian, or a Baptist, or a Roman Catholic.” He opposes separating out Jews as a separate race, stating this to two of the most prominent American Jews of the era
30/06/1911. “It is ill-advised to treat what is really a religious matter as a race matter.”As the number of immigrants fleeing Europe for a life in the United States assumed flood proportions in the 1880s and 1890s, there was a reaction against them. Some questioned whether they could ever really be American in customs, actions, and loyalties. The term ""hyphenated American"" was coined about 1889, and became common as a derogatory term implying these immigrants were not true Americans. Theodore Roosevelt hated the implication of disloyalty behind the phrase, and espoused the idea that these immigrants were Americans indeed, saying, “There is no room in this country for hyphenated Americanism. When I refer to hyphenated Americans, I do not refer to naturalized Americans. Some of the very best Americans I have ever known were naturalized Americans, Americans born abroad.” He felt the central direction of Americanism was forward looking; it was “a question of spirit, conviction, and purpose, not of creed or birthplace.”Roosevelt developed a special relationship with Jews from his time as police commissioner of New York City, encouraging them to serve and praising them for their dedicated efforts to keep the city safe. There is the famous story of a Jewish policeman racing into a burning house, and how this man’s heroism brought TR to the realization that the quality of a person bears no relationship to his religion or national background. In his autobiography, TR recounts that a German preacher had decided to go on an anti-Semitic crusade in New York to antago … [Click Below for Full Description]
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