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By a noted Jewish publisher...

Item # 551673

August 4, 1828


* Jewish publisher
* Nice masthead

This newspaper was published by Mordecai Manuel Noah who is credited with being the first Jew born in the United States to reach national prominence.

With his last name of Noah he though it appropriate to have an engraving of Noah's Ark in the masthead. One of his earlier positions was a post with the State Dept. as Consul to the Kingdom of Tunis where he rescued American citizens kept as slaves by Moroccan masters. Allegedly, Noah was removed from this position because, in the words of Secretary of State James Monroe, his religion was "...an obstacle to the excercise of [his] Consular function...".

His firing caused outrage among Jews and non-Jews alike. In 1819 Noah wrote a play, "She Would Be a Soldier", establishing him as America's first important Jewish American writer. In 1820 Noah tried to establish a Jewish homeland at Grand Island in the Niagara River to be called Ararat (credit: Wikipedia).

This newspaper by Noah lasted for only 3 years, this issue being the volume 1, number 8 issue. Complete in 4 pages, various news and ads of the day, never bound nor trimmed, some ink dash marks throughout do not disfigure, generally nice.

Category: Pre-Civil War

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