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The subject of “anti-Semitism” and “bigotry” is much discussed in the mainstream media and in the history books in America today. But perhaps the biggest secret of all is that one of the first and foremost outspoken bigots in America leading the fight against immigration into the United States — particularly Irish Catholic immigration — was a prominent Jewish American, Lewis Charles Levin.

Although history often tells us that the so-called “Know Nothing” movement — the Native American Party — was “led by Protestants” and “aimed at Catholics and Jews,” the truth is that Levin — a Jew — was not only one of the party’s founders but also one of the editors of its national organ and one of the first Know Nothing members elected to Congress!

In fact, Levin was the first Jew elected to the U.S. Congress. Yet, Jewish literature today never mention’s Levin’s preeminent role in the anti-Catholic agitation of America’s early years.

Levin was born in 1808 in Charleston, South Carolina, which — as students of the African slave trade know — was the Jewish population center of the United States for many years, long before New York City emerged as such. He later moved north, as an attorney, to Philadelphia where he published and edited the Philadelphia Daily Sun. In 1844 he was elected to Congress from Pennsylvania on the American (or “Know Nothing” ticket) and held that post for three terms until he was defeated for re-election in 1850. Levin died ten years later, on March 14, 1860.

The fact that Levin was indeed one of the pioneering anti-Catholic agitators on American soil is very interesting, to say the least, particularly because, as we’ve noted, the history books have been careful to “edit” the historical record as far as Levin’s role in the Know Nothing movement is concerned. And that, of course, raises the question: “Why?”

In the pages of The New Jerusalem we will effectively explain why Levin’s career has been consigned to the Orwellian “Memory Hole” and why, instead, we always hear how both “the Protestants” and “the Catholics” have been so hostile to “the poor Jewish immigrants who were fleeing persecution.”

Levin’s story is very revealing indeed . . .

The New Jerusalem
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