Aired: September 11, 2010

Monticello’s Jewish Hero

Commodore Uriah Phillips Levy, the first Jewish American to reach that rank in the United States Navy, is an unsung hero of American history.  According to Melvin Urofsky (Virginia Commonwealth University), not only was Levy instrumental in the Navy, he also rescued Monticello, the Thomas Jefferson estate, from ruin.  Also featured: David Metzger (Old Dominion University) discusses the “Golem,” a fictional creature of Jewish legend that was the inspiration for the Sorcerer’s Apprentice and Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein.


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