May 22, 1895

Simon Wolf's Original Contract for the Book "The American Jew as Patriot, Soldier and Citizen"

Document Signed
3 pages
SMC 109
This contract between author and scholar Simon Wolf, and publisher and editor Louis E. Levy, is a seminal document of a seminal work, The American Jew as Patriot, Soldier and Citizen, first published in 1895 and still in print, and use, over one hundred years later.
 
A remarkably comprehensive book, The American Jew as Patriot, Soldier and Citizen lists the names of thousands of Jewish soldiers and patriots who served in the American armies as officers and regular soldiers, with accompanying historical sketches of the periods and wars in which they served. The central feature of the book is a nearly 400-page listing of Jewish soldiers in the Union and Confederate armies classified according to states and alphabetically arranged. The book also includes chapters on Jews in the armies of Europe, and a series of chapters on the crimes of Russia against the Jews, and the Russian Jewish refugees in America.
 
Louis E. Levy, in his introduction to the book, makes clear that Wolf’s work is “free from any shadow of sordidness or motive of self-interest”: the author has dedicated whatever money the book might earn to the orphaned wards of the B’nai B’rith in Atlanta – an asylum Wolf helped to found, and which he headed.
Document Signed, accomplished in typescript, bearing penciled annotations; 3 pages, folio, Washington and Philadelphia, 22 and 23 May, 1895. Pin holes at top, else very good.
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