“The Ultimate Step:” Judah P. Benjamin and Secession

  title={“The Ultimate Step:” Judah P. Benjamin and Secession},
  author={Geoffrey D. Cunningham},
  journal={American Jewish History},
  pages={1 - 19}
  • Geoffrey D. Cunningham
  • Published 2011
  • Philosophy
  • American Jewish History
  • Judah Philip Benjamin’s singular life and career have long attracted interest. an antebellum Southern politician of Jewish background, Benjamin rose to prominence during the nation’s greatest political crisis. Given Benjamin’s compelling story and involvement in the weightiest events of the era, it is not surprising that three biographers and the poet Stephen Vincent Benét, who designated Benjamin the “dark prince” of the South in his 1927 poem “John Brown’s Body,” have written about his life.1… CONTINUE READING


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