"I will insist the Hebrews have [contributed]
more to civilize men than any other nation. If I was an
atheist and believed in blind eternal fate, I should still
believe that fate had ordained the Jews to be the most essential
instrument for civilizing the nations… They are the
most glorious nation that ever inhabited this Earth. The
Romans and their empire were but a bubble in comparison
to the Jews. They have given religion to three-quarters
of the globe and have influenced the affairs of mankind
more andmore happily than any other nation, ancient or modern."
John Adams, Second President of the
From a letter to F. A. Van der Kemp (Feb.
16, 1808), Pennsylvania Historical Society
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