The Passport Question

American Jewish Committee (AJC), Jewish Publication Society (JPS), 1912

Background history is presented which is relevant to the problem of Jewish American citizens being harassed in Russia. The origins of the 1832-3 Russo-American treaty is recounted, followed by the beginnings of this problem for American Jews in the late 19th century. Correspondence by American Jewish leaders and by the US State Department is reproduced, documenting how Jewish leaders petitioned the US government to be more active in pressuring Russia to honor the terms of the original treaty by protecting all American citizens traveling in Russia, including Jewish Americans. Congressional resolutions relevant to the issue are also provided, along with texts from the original treaty, and speeches by various dignitaries on this topic, come arguing for the abrogation of the treaty due to Russian disrespect for its terms.

Topic: Political Behavior, Antisemitism, International Relations, Advocacy, Leadership, Politics, Government

Name of Publication: American Jewish Year Book

Volume/Issue: Vol. 13

Page Number(s): 19-128

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Genre: Report

Coverage: Russia , United States

Language: English

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The Passport Question. American Jewish Year Book. American Jewish Committee (AJC),Jewish Publication Society (JPS). 1912: 19-128. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=5503


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