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Freeman was a Civil War Veteran and early homesteader Daniel Freeman. He was the successful plaintiff in one… [More] of the first landmark court cases that declared Bible reading and praying in public schools unconstitutional. Most of the landmark cases involving separation of church and state were brought by non-Jews, such as Freeman. [Less]
1896: Dr. Jules Stein
Dr. Stein was a Jewish-American ophthalmologist by training who founded the Music Corporation of… [More] America (MCA), which became the leading talent agency in the United States. Stein joined forces with Lew Wasserman, also Jewish, to create the Universal entertainment empire. Stein used his fortune for humanitarian purposes primarily in the field of research and treatment related to the eye. He passed away in 1981, leaving behind such legacies as the National Eye Institute and the Jules Stein Eye Institute at UCLA. [Less]
1914: Bernard Malamud
Malamud was an author of novels and short stories. Along with Saul Bellow and Philip Roth, he was one of the… [More] great American-Jewish authors of the 20th century. His baseball novel, “The Natural,” was adapted into a 1984 film starring Robert Redford. His 1966 novel “The Fixer,” about antisemitism in Tsarist Russia, won both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. [Less]