Jewish History Minute
Jewish History Minute introduces readers in grades 4-6 to an episode in American Jewish history that will resonate with kids today.Each book tackles contemporary issues including anti-Semitism, civil rights, democracy and more, presenting the subjects through the historical lens of the Jewish experience.
BOOK 1: THE MAN WHO BEAT GENERAL GRANT
During the Civil War, General Ulysses S. Grant ordered Jews living in territory he controlled to leave. Immediately! "General Orders No. 11" was transmitted to the town of Paducah, Kentucky, which was home to small community of Jews. They were all kicked out!
One man, a Jewish immigrant named Cesar Kaskel, was determined to stop this act of antisemitism. This is the story ...
"Cesar Kaskel is one of the unsung heroes of 19th-century American Jewish history. Congratulations to Faygie Holt for bringing his story to a generation of young people."
--Jonathan D. Sarna, university professor and Joseph H. & Belle R. Braun Professor of American Jewish History, Brandeis University
"Such an interesting and inspiring book about a little-known Jewish story. I really enjoyed it," Hadassah, 13.