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Creating a Jewish city in the Niagara River...



Item # 204873

September 10, 1825

NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, September 10, 1825

* A Hebrew city to be established on Grand Island, New York

One of the brief articles on the back page reads in its entirety:
"An Hebrew city, to be called Ararat is to be laid off on Grand Island, N.Y., on the 15th or 18th instant, with masonic and military ceremonies. It will be located to face the mouth of the great canal."
This was the project of newspaper publisher Mordecai Manuel Noah, who is credited with being the first Jew born in the United States to reach national prominence.

Among the other reports in this issue are:

* a front page article which begins: "Lafayette has departed. He left Washington on Wednesday last..."
* "Naval Court Martial"
* "Capitol of the United States" is a nice description of the new building (see photos).
* "Important Indian Treaties"

This issue is complete in 16 pages, measures about 6 1/2 by 10 inches with various foxing. Generally in nice condition.

This small size newspaper began in 1811 and was a prime source for national political news of the first half of the 19th century. As noted in Wikipedia: "Niles edited and published the Weekly Register until 1836, making it into one of the most widely-circulated magazines in the United States and himself into one of the most influential journalists of his day. Devoted primarily to politics, Niles' Weekly Register is considered an important source for the history of the period."

Category: Pre-Civil War

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