This is an essay from last semester I did for my Jewish Religion class. The focus of the essay are the reasons why the Reform movement out of Germany made such progress in the United States in that period. Considering how Irish Catholics and Mormons were getting treated in this period it is surprising to see that the Jews at this point escaped large scale persecution.
Of course, they did find themselves the focus of hatred later in the US history but at this point they were mostly only having to deal with evangelical “missionaries” on occasion.
See more on this in Part 1 and 2.