History of Infectious Disease and Vaccination in the United States
He opposed the creation of Israel. Mandatory Vaccination as a Condition of School Attendance Many states had laws on the books regarding compulsory vaccination against smallpox as a prerequisite for school enrollment, beginning in the early 19 th century In May , after nearly a decade in hiding, the founder and leader of Al Qaeda, Osama bin Laden , was killed in Pakistan in a raid conducted by U. Before the s few factory workers joined the unions in the labor movement. This represents a 21 percent increase from the incidents reported during the same period in Most of the discussions of American Exceptionalism refer to the nation as a whole. Sephardic Jews were among early settlers in cities of New England and the South.
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Jewish American sympathies likewise broke along ethnic lines, with recently arrived Yiddish speaking Jews inclined to Zionism, and the established German-American Jewish community largely opposed to it. Many states had laws on the books regarding compulsory vaccination against smallpox as a prerequisite for school enrollment, beginning in the early 19 th century American Jews continued to prosper throughout the early 21st century. Lists and Statistics" PDF. Railroads, the telegraph, steamships, and mass-produced weapons were employed extensively.
His major contributions to the University of Chicago and to various Jewish philanthropies were on a similar grand scale. During the 20th century, Jews in America joined the middle class. Jews continued to rise in wealth and became relatively wealthy towards the end of the 20th century.
Gerald Krefetz discusses the prosperity that Jews earned in the United States following their emigration from Europe in the 19th and 20th centuries, and he attributes their success to their familiarity with "trading and exchanging, commerce, city living, property rights, Historian Edward Shapiro cites a Forbes magazine survey from the s, which showed that, of the richest Americans, over were Jewish, which was nine times greater than would be expected based on the overall population.
Gerald Krefetz writes "[w]hether it is called intestinal fortitude, operation bootstrap, moxie, social striving, or upward mobility, American Jews have fought mightily for financial security. As a group Jews have attained a higher standard of living and earn more money than any other religious group in the United States.
Jews are the richest of the rich". In , a Jewish factory manager in Atlanta named Leo Frank was convicted for the murder of Mary Phagan, a year-old Christian girl in his employ. Frank was sentenced to death. The Leo Frank affair was mentioned by Adolf Kraus when he announced the creation of the ADL, but was not the reason for the group's founding. In , Georgia governor John Marshall Slaton , commuted Frank's death sentence to life imprisonment. As a result of public outrage over this act, a Georgia mob kidnapped Frank from prison and lynched him.
On November 25, , two months after Frank was lynched, a group led by William J. The event was attended by 15 charter members and a few aging survivors of the original Klan. Jewish American sympathies likewise broke along ethnic lines, with recently arrived Yiddish speaking Jews inclined to Zionism, and the established German-American Jewish community largely opposed to it. In , There were few Jewish forces in favor of American entry into the war.
Many regarded Britain as hostile to Jewish interests. New York City, with its well-organized element numbering 1. Of greatest concern to Jews was the tsarist regime in Russia because it was notorious for tolerating pogroms and following antisemitic policies.
As historian Joseph Rappaport reported through his study of Yiddish press during the war, "The pro-Germanism of America's immigrant Jews was an inevitable consequence of their Russophobia". The number of Jews who served in the American military during World War I was disproportionate to their representation in the American population at large. Starting in , the American Jewish community mobilized its resources to assist the victims of the European war. Cooperating to a degree not previously seen, the various factions of the American Jewish community—native-born and immigrant, Reform, Orthodox, secular, and socialist—coalesced to form what eventually became known as the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee.
David Gerber describes the middle and late s as a period characterized by a "quasi-fascist and anti-communist anti-Semitism which blamed Jews for the Great Depression and the international crises in Europe.
In the years before and during World War II, the United States Congress, the Roosevelt Administration, and public opinion expressed concern about the fate of Jews in Europe but consistently refused to permit large-scale immigration of Jewish refugees. In a report issued by the State Department, Undersecretary of State Stuart Eizenstat noted that the United States accepted only 21, refugees from Europe and did not significantly raise or even fill its restrictive quotas, accepting far fewer Jews per capita than many of the neutral European countries and fewer in absolute terms than Switzerland.
It was an important ingredient in America's negative response to Jewish refugees. Louis sailed from Germany in May carrying mainly German Jewish refugees.
On 4 June , it was also refused permission to unload on orders of President Roosevelt as the ship waited in the Caribbean Sea between Florida and Cuba. Initially, Roosevelt showed limited willingness to take in some of those on board. But the Immigration Act of made that illegal and public opinion was strongly opposed. The United States' tight immigration policies were not lifted during the Holocaust, news of which began to reach the United States in and and it has been estimated that ,—, Jews could have been saved during the Second World War had it not been for bureaucratic obstacles to immigration deliberately created by Breckinridge Long and others.
Asylum of the European Jewish population was not a priority for the U. During the World War II period the American Jewish community was bitterly and deeply divided, and was unable to form a common front. Most Eastern European Jews favored Zionism, which saw a return to their historic homeland as the only solution; this had the effect of diverting attention from the horrors in Nazi Germany.
German Jews were alarmed at the Nazis but were disdainful of Zionism. Proponents of a Jewish state and Jewish army agitated, but many leaders were so fearful of an antisemitic backlash inside the U.
One important development was the sudden conversion of most but not all Jewish leaders to Zionism late in the war. The Holocaust was largely ignored by America media as it was happening. As publisher of the nation's most influential newspaper, The New York Times , he permitted only a handful of editorials during the war on the extermination of the Jews. He supported the anti-Zionist American Council for Judaism. Even after it became known that the Nazis had singled out the Jews for destruction, Sulzberger held that all refugees had suffered.
He opposed the creation of Israel. In effect, he muted the enormous potential influence of the Times by keeping issues of concern regarding Jews off the editorial page and burying stories about Nazi atrocities against Jews in short items deep inside the paper. In time he grew increasingly out of step with the American Jewish community by his persistent refusal to recognize Jews as a people and despite obvious flaws in his view of American democracy.
While Jews owned few prestigious newspapers other than the New York Times , they had a major presence in Hollywood and in network radio. Hollywood films and radio with few exceptions avoided questioning Nazi persecution of Europe's Jews prior to Pearl Harbor. Jewish studio executives did not want to be accused of advocating Jewish propaganda by making films with overtly antifascist themes.
Indeed, they were pressured by such organizations as the Anti-Defamation League and by national Jewish leaders to avoid such themes lest American Jews suffer an antisemitic backlash. Despite strong public and political sentiment to the contrary, however, there were some who encouraged the U.
In , just before Yom Kippur , , mostly Orthodox, rabbis marched in Washington to draw attention to the plight of Holocaust victims. Capitol, proposed legislation that would have allowed as many as , victims of the Holocaust to emigrate temporarily to the United States. Barbour died six weeks after introducing the bill, and it was not passed. A parallel bill was introduced in the House of Representatives by Rep.
Samuel Dickstein D; New York. This also failed to pass. During the Holocaust, fewer than 30, Jews a year reached the United States, and some were turned away due to immigration policies. Currently, laws requiring teaching of the Holocaust are on the books in five states. The Holocaust had a profound impact on the community in the United States, especially after , as Jews tried to comprehend what had happened, and especially to commemorate and grapple with it when looking to the future.
Israel enables us to bear the agony of Auschwitz without radical despair, to sense a ray [of] God's radiance in the jungles of history. There, Jews became increasingly assimilated and demonstrated rising intermarriage. Having never been subjected to the Holocaust, the United States stood after the Second World War as the largest, richest, and healthiest center of Judaism in the world. Smaller Jewish communities turned increasingly to American Jewry for guidance and support.
While earlier Jewish elements from Germany were business oriented and voted as conservative Republicans, the wave of Eastern European Jews starting in the s, were more liberal or left wing and became the political majority.
Many Jews rose to leadership positions in the early 20th century American labor movement and helped to found unions in the "needle trades" clothing industry that played a major role in the CIO and in Democratic Party politics. Sidney Hillman of the CIO was especially powerful in the early s at the national level.
By the s Jews were a major political factor in New York City, with strong support for the most liberal programs of the New Deal. They continued as a major element of the New Deal coalition , giving special support to the Civil Rights Movement. By the mids, however, the Black Power movement caused a growing separation between blacks and Jews, though both groups remained solidly in the Democratic camp.
Roosevelt and Harry S. Truman in the elections of , and ,  despite both party platforms supporting the creation of a Jewish state in the latter two elections. Historians believe American Jewish history has been characterized by an unparalleled degree of freedom, acceptance, and prosperity that has made it possible for Jews to bring together their ethnic identities with the demands of national citizenship far more effortlessly than Jews in Europe.
As Dollinger has found, for the last century the most secular Jews have tended toward the most liberal or even leftist political views, while more religious Jews are politically more conservative. Modern Orthodox Jews have been less active in political movements than Reform Jews. They vote Republican more often than less traditional Jews. In contemporary political debate, strong Orthodox support for various school voucher initiatives undermines the exceptionalist belief that the Jewish community seeks a high and impenetrable barrier between church and state.
Most of the discussions of American Exceptionalism refer to the nation as a whole. However, there have been discussions of how American Exceptionalism has applied to specific subgroups, especially minorities. Scholars comparing the record of persecution and extinction of Jews in Europe and the Middle East with the highly favorable circumstances in the United States, debate to what extent the American treatment of Jews has been unique in world history, and how much it has become a model of pluralism at least in regards to this group.
With its establishment in , the State of Israel became the focal point of American Jewish life and philanthropy, as well as the symbol around which American Jews united. The paralyzing fear of a "second Holocaust" followed by tiny Israel's seemingly miraculous victory over the combined Arab armies arrayed to destroy it struck deep emotional chords among American Jews.
Their financial support for Israel rose sharply in the war's wake, and more of them than ever before chose in those years to make Israel their permanent home. A lively internal debate commenced, following the Six-Day War. The American Jewish community was divided over whether they agreed with the Israeli response; the great majority came to accept the war as necessary. A tension existed especially for leftist Jews, between their liberal ideology and Zionist backing in the midst of this conflict.
This deliberation about the Six-Day War showed the depth and complexity of Jewish responses to the varied events of the s. Jews were highly visible as leaders of movements for civil rights for all Americans, including themselves and African Americans. Seymour Siegel argues the historic struggle against prejudice faced by Jewish people led to a natural sympathy for any people confronting discrimination.
This further led Jews to discuss the relationship they had with African Americans. Jewish leaders spoke at the two iconic marches of the era.
Joachim Prinz, president of the American Jewish Congress, appeared at the March on Washington on 28 August , noting that "As Jews we bring to this great demonstration, in which thousands of us proudly participate, a twofold experience--one of the spirit and one of our history"  Two years later Abraham Joshua Heschel of the Jewish Theological Seminary marched in the front row of the Selma-to-Montgomery march.
Within Judaism, increasing involvement in the civil rights movement caused some tension. Rabbi Bernard Wienberger exemplified this point of view, warning that "northern liberal Jews" put at risk southern Jews who faced hostility from white southerners because of their northern counterparts.
However, most known Jewish responses to the civil rights movement and black relations lean toward acceptance and against prejudice, as the disproportionate involvement of Jews in the movement would indicate. In its modern form, the Jewish feminist movement can be traced to the early s in the United States. According to Judith Plaskow , who has focused on feminism in Reform Judaism , the main issues for early Jewish feminists in these movements were the exclusion from the all-male prayer group or minyan , the exemption from positive time-bound mitzvot , and women's inability to function as witnesses, and to initiate divorce.
The last large wave of immigration came from the Soviet Union after , in response to heavy political pressure from the U. After the Six-Day War and the liberalization tide in Eastern Europe in , Soviet policy became more restrictive. Jews were denied educational and vocational opportunities. These restrictive policies led to the emergence of a new political group—the 'refuseniks'—whose main goal was emigrating.
The refuseniks Jews who were refused exit visas attracted the attention of the West, particularly the United States, and became an important factor influencing economic and trade relations between the United States and the Soviet Union.
Beginning in the Soviet Union allowed some Jewish citizens to leave for family reunification in Israel. Several American Jewish organizations helped them obtain visas and aided their resettlement in the United States and other countries. Israeli officials pressured American Jewish organizations to desist from aiding Russian Jews who wanted to resettle in the United States. Initially, American Jews resisted Israeli efforts. Following Mikhail Gorbachev 's decision in the late s to allow free emigration for Soviet Jews, the American Jewish community agreed to a quota on Soviet Jewish refugees in the U.
The enlarged Russian Jewish population in the U. Reform Jews, predominantly German, became Nashville's largest and most influential Jewish community in the first half of the 20th century; they enjoyed good relations with the Orthodox and Conservative congregations. Some German Jewish refugees resettled in Nashville from to , helped by prominent Nashville families. Both the Orthodox and Conservative congregations had relocated their synagogues to the suburbs by , and the entire Jewish community had shifted southwest by about five miles.
Although subtle social discrimination existed, Nashville's Jews enjoyed the respect of the larger community. Public acceptance, however, required complicity in racial segregation. The Observer, Nashville's weekly Jewish newspaper, tried to find a middle ground between assimilation and particularism, but after years of calling for group solidarity, accepted that the Jewish community was pluralistic.
Philadelphia publisher Walter Annenberg opened the Tamarisk Country Club in , after being refused membership in the Los Angeles Lakeside country club. But his connections with Hollywood and corporations alike made his country club a success, and made it a policy to allow Jews and all people, regardless of race and religion, to have access to his facility.
Many elderly American Jews from the East coast and the Los Angeles metropolitan area, come to retire in the warm climates such as the Coachella Valley , favoring in golf course and mobile home communities.
By the s they were a large component of demography in the desert resort. There are 12 Jewish places of worship, including a Jewish community center in Palm Desert , where an estimated 20—25 percent of the population are of Jewish descent. Palm Springs has the annual "Winter Festival of Lights" parade, which began as a separate parade to celebrate Chanukah in the s.
Over time, that and the Christmas-themed parade merged into the one celebrating the season's lights of menorahs, Christmas trees and the calendar new year. After many northeastern Jews moved to Florida, especially to Miami, Miami Beach , and nearby cities.
They found familiar foods and better weather, and founded more open, less tradition-bound communities, where greater materialism and more leisure-oriented, less disciplined Judaism developed. Many relaxed their religiosity and attended services only during Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur. In South Florida synagogue affiliation, Jewish community center membership, and per capita contributions to the United Jewish Appeal and the Jewish Federation are among the lowest of any Jewish community in the United States.
The development of Jewish particularly Orthodox student life at Princeton University improved rapidly since the end of World War II, when Jewish students were few and isolated. In Jewish students were more numerous; they protested against the Bicker system of eating club member selection. In Yavneh House was established as Princeton's first kosher kitchen. In Stevenson Hall opened as a university-managed kosher eating facility in the midst of the older private eating clubs.
Jewish student initiative and Princeton administration openness deserve credit for this progress. An estimated percent of the population of this affluent Los Angeles suburb is Jewish,  and about 20 percent is Persian.
These charts are for the U. American Jews continued to prosper throughout the early 21st century. American Jews are disproportionately represented in business, academia and politics. Forty percent of partners in the leading law firms in New York and Washington are Jewish.
Thirty percent of American Nobel prize winners in science and 37 percent of all American Nobel winners are Jewish. An estimated thirty percent of Ivy League students are Jewish. Demographically, the population is not increasing. With their success, American Jews have become increasingly assimilated into American culture, with high intermarriage rates resulting in either a falling or steady population rate at a time when the country was booming.
It has not grown appreciably since , comprises a smaller percentage of America's total population than it had in , and seems likely to witness an actual decline in numbers in the decades ahead.
Jews also began to move to the suburbs, with major population shifts from New York and the Northeast to Florida and California. New Jewish organizations were founded to accommodate an increasing range of Jewish worship and community activities, as well as geographic dispersal. Politically, the Jewish population remained strongly liberal.
The heavily Democratic pattern continued into the 21st century. Since the great majority of Jews have been Democrats. Jews proved to be strong supporters of the American Civil Rights Movement. Social historians analyze the American population in terms of class, race, ethnicity, religion, gender, region and urbanism. Jewish scholars generally emphasize ethnicity.
Second, it reflects a post-religious evaluation of American Jewish identity, in which "Jewishness" rather than "Judaism" is taken to be more inclusive, embracing the secularized as well as the religious experiences of Jews. Korelitz shows how American Jews during the late 19th and early 20th centuries abandoned a racial definition of Jewishness in favor of one that embraced ethnicity.
The key to understanding this transition from a racial self-definition to a cultural or ethnic one can be found in the Menorah Journal between and During this time contributors to the Menorah promoted a cultural, rather than a racial, religious, or other view of Jewishness as a means to define Jews in a world that threatened to overwhelm and absorb Jewish uniqueness.
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It is the opinion of this writer that just as times have changed, so must the law. The smallpox vaccine was always very dangerous and ineffective. Wendy Lydall in Raising a Vaccine-Free Child cites original sources reporting on the huge demonstrations of hundreds of thousands of people in many cities protesting the mandatory smallpox vaccine which had killed or disabled so many with gangrene, infection, vaccination-site cancer, syphilis, TB, or leprosy, withered limbs or outright death.
Jenner and those who came after him used many kinds of disgusting material in their vaccines: Suzanne Humphries in her book Dissolving Illusions uses original sources to show that after the virus itself mutated into a less-virulent form, and smallpox became less and less dangerous in the early years of the twentieth century until it was often mistaken for chickenpox it had become so mild. And then it died out on its own, from countries which vaccinated as well as countries that had not.
While many children continued to be killed by the vaccine itself: Nothing of what we all learned about Jenner and the smallpox vaccine was true, just another example of vaccine companies manipulating the facts.
The present vaccination programs rest on the fraudulent science of Edward Jenner and Louis Pasteur. Trying to inform doctors and parents about the real effects is difficult.
Both groups have been so utterly indoctrinated with the myth that vaccines are safe and effective, and that they protect against infectious diseases, that they cringe, close up and flee whenever someone tries to wake them up from that criminal and treacherous hypnosis… In my experience it helps to say to parents: I am going to inject it with formaldehyde, aluminium compounds, polysorbate 80, and some more toxic substances that are in vaccines.
Would you feed this apple to you child? Of course they say no, and sometimes the coin drops…. By Marcella Piper-Terry, M. History of Vaccination The history of vaccination begins with attempts to reduce the number of people who died as a result of smallpox infection 3, 8.
Mandatory Vaccination as a Condition of School Attendance Many states had laws on the books regarding compulsory vaccination against smallpox as a prerequisite for school enrollment, beginning in the early 19 th century The Expansion of the Childhood Vaccination Schedule During the first half of the twentieth century there was a great expansion in vaccine research, leading to the development of new vaccines for pertussis, diphtheria, and tetanus in , , and , respectively 9.
The myth of the medical breakthrough: International Journal of Infectious Disease, 3 1 , Edward Jenner and the history of smallpox and vaccination. Proceedings, Baylor University Medical Center, 18 1 , The triumph over the most terrible of the ministers of death. Annals of Internal Medicine.
Journal of the American Medical Association, 5 , Centers for Disease Control Retrieved November 23, from http: The politics of vaccination in twentieth century America. University of California Press. College of Physicians of Philadelphia The History of Vaccines.
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