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April 18, 2024


Oct 20, 2021
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Virtual Event

Judah Benjamin: Counselor to the Confederacy

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Judah P. Benjamin (1811–1884) was a brilliant and successful lawyer in New Orleans, and one of the first Jewish members of the U.S. Senate. He then served in the Confederacy as secretary of war and secretary of state, becoming the confidant and alter ego of Jefferson Davis. In this new biography in the Jewish Lives series at Yale University Press, journalist and scholar James Traub grapples with the difficult truth that Benjamin, who was considered one of the greatest legal minds in the United States, was a slave owner who deployed his oratorical skills in defense of slavery. 

*This event is co-sponsored with The Center for Jewish History