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In 1904, a French political scientist—an expert on Russia and anti-Semitism—explored Jewish communities in the northeastern United States. This booklet contains the unreservedly celebratory speech he gave to the Jewish Studies Association in Paris when he got home, praising the opportunities that America offered Jewish refugees, and lauding the work American Jews had done to acclimatize throngs of immigrants.
Introducing his presentation, Anatole Leroy-Beaulieu said:
I am here today to bear witness to what I saw in America: surely one of the greatest, most striking and, I daresay, most marvelous spectacles to be found on American soil, in that land of wonders and liberty. With my own eyes, I saw thousands, hundreds of thousands of people, banished from the Old World, living in freedom across the ocean where they have found safety, dignity and often even prosperity—human beings who, less than fifteen or twenty years after arriving, have transformed themselves so completely that it is sometimes hard to recognize them. This astounding phenomenon reflects well on both America and the Jews. It took very few years for these Children of Israel, so recently persecuted, to make the most of American tolerance and the conditions in the New World.
This new English translation includes more than fifty vintage photographs and illustrations with new modern captions.