Early 1900's. The Jew, his part in the making of America          Jewish Main Page           Home

Way back in the early 1900's. The influence of the Jews in the discovery and development of America had been discussed
again and again.
The Jew was a very important factor in the upbuilding of the country. He has made the cause of America his own because
he was an integral part of the American people. Jews held professorships in almost every great College in America. Solo-
mon Schecter of the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York was the greatest discoverer, not only of ancient cities, but
of  ancient manuscripts. Hinrich Conried and Oscar Hammerstein were directors of the greatest Opera Company in the
United States. The first white man to set foot on American soil was a Jew, Louis de Torres.
In the Mexican War David de Leon was twice thanked by the Congress for his bravery on the field of battle. Two officers
with Roosevelt were Jews. Columbus expeditions were financed by Jewish money. The crews of the ship contained a large
percentage of Jews and with them began the flooding of the South America by Jews, who pushed their way into the north.
Not only were the Jews actual pioneers in opening up the new world, but they became the real founders of the colonial life
which was later to develop into the American Republic. Many eminent physicians, medical writers and professors in
schools were Jews. Among artists should be mentioned especially the Rosenthals, Henry Mosler and Ben Austrian. Emil Berliner invented the telephone transmitter. Mendez Cohen, a pioneer railroad builder, ranked as one of the most scholary
and skilful civil engineers in the United States. As lawyers, writers of poetry, dramatic authors, actors and musicians, it
would be impossible to enumerate the Jews. Many of the leading newspapers were owned and edited by Jews. Jews had
the best record as law-abiding citizens of any race in America.

1905. Celebration of the 250th anniversary of the arrival and settlement of Jews in America. A letter from President Roose-veldt. The letter was in part as follows:
"The celebration of the 250th anniversary of the settlement of the Jews in the United States properly emphasizes a series
of historical facts of more than merely national significance. Even in our colonial period the Jews participated in the upbuil-
ding of this country, acquired citizenship and took an active part in the development of foreign and domestic commerce.
During the revolutionary period they aided the cause of liberty by serving in the continental army and by substantial contributions to the empty treasury of the republic. During the Civil War thousands served in the armies and mingled their
blood with the soil for which they fought. I am glad to be able to say, in addressing you on this occasion, that while the
Jews of the United States, who number more than a million, have remained loyal to their faith and their race traditions, they
have become incorporated in the great army of American citizenship, prepared to make all sacrifice for the country, either
in war or peace and striving for the perpetuation of good government and for the maintenance of the principles embodied in
our constitution. They are honorably distinguised by their history, their obedience to law and their devotion to the national
welfare. They are engaged in general rivalry with their fellow citizens of other denominations in advancing the interests of
our common country."

The following newspaper article (Published In El Paso Herald, January 20, 1911) takes us way back to the early 1900's.
In 1911 there were 1,250,000 Jews in New York, one in every four of the population. What was his (the Jew) part in the
making of America? The article explains: