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Bonnie K. Goodman BA, MLIS (McGill University) is a Professional Librarian (CBPQ) & historian. Former editor @ History News Network & reporter @

By Bonnie K. Goodman, BA MLIS

Early American Jewry vied for the approval of President George Washington before they had any suspicion that their Secretary of the Treasury, Alexander Hamilton, might have been Jewish. Historian Andrew Porwancher argues in his new book “The Jewish World of Alexander Hamilton” that Hamilton…

How one Jewish woman triggered Brown v. the Board of Education and the desegregation of southern schools

By Bonnie K. Goodman, BA, MLIS

Esther Brown with jazz singer Billie Holiday and students from C.J. Walker School (University of Missouri-Kansas City)

On this day in history… May 17, 1954, the Supreme Court of the United States unanimously made a “landmark” ruling that the “separate but equal” doctrine of racial segregation in public schools was…

On April 19, 1775, the Patriots won the first Battles of Lexington and Concord.

By Bonnie K. Goodman, BA, MLIS

On this day in history, April 19, 1775, we marked the 246th anniversary of the launch of the American Revolution with the Battles of Lexington and Concord in Massachusetts. In those battles, where the “shot heard round the world,” American rebels surprised the British…

The “shot heard round the world”

By Bonnie K. Goodman, BA, MLIS

The Battle of Lexington by William Barnes Wollen, 1910 (Wikipedia)

In 1775, the eight-year-long American Revolutionary War started with short battles in New England’s Massachusetts colony. In April, as the first shots fired at the Battle of Lexington, the American rebels were not an army, just volunteer militia fighting for their rights against one…

Hadassah and the Emergence of Zionist Education in America

By Bonnie K. Goodman, BA, MLIS

In honor of Yom Hashoah, Yom Hazikaron, and Yom Haazmaut during an online class with Rabbi Neil Zuckerman at Park Avenue Synagogue, we discussed important women in the Bible, Jewish history, and Zionist history. Towards the end of the class, we discussed Rabbi Arthur…

This Passover, my mother became enslaved by a modern Pharaoh in a new Egypt

By Bonnie K. Goodman, BA, MLIS

No, everything is not OK; three months into my mother’s hospitalization

By Bonnie K. Goodman, BA, MLIS


When the Covid-19 lockdowns hit North America and Canada a year ago this weekend, it did not affect me much. Living in Montreal, Quebec, except for the difficulty in buying groceries and essentials such as paper towels and soaps, the social aspects had nothing…

Grant’s General Order Number 11 and Anti-Semitism during the Civil War

By Bonnie K. Goodman, BA, MLIS


Rise of Anti-Immigrant Sentiment

The Shylock stereotype was behind Union General Ulysses S. Grant’s reasons for ordering General Order Number 11, on December 17, 1862, expelling “Jews as a class” from areas of Northern occupied former Confederate states Tennessee, Mississippi, and the Border State of Kentucky. General Order…

The police and Canadian health care are overstepping their boundaries, and this has to stop

By Bonnie K. Goodman, BA, MLIS.

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Every other day we hear in the news that police are shooting Black Americans. The Black Lives Matter movement began in 2013 in an attempt to protest these senseless killings.[1] The movement sparked after a jury acquitted George Zimmerman, who fatally shot 17-year-old Trayvon…

Dreaming of Equality: Francis Salvador, the American Jewish Revolutionary Patriot

By Bonnie K. Goodman, BA, MLIS

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