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Jew Bill
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The Jewish Naturalization Act of 1753, referred to by contemporaries as the Jew Bill, allowed foreign-born Jews to become naturalized citizens of Great Britain without having to receive the sacrament of Holy Communion. In spite of the restricted scope of the law and of its very limited potential consequences, its adoption caused a politically motivated outcry that led to its abrogation by parliament in the very same year. Its revocation had no consequences for the legal status of Jews in Great Britain; never…

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Endelman, Todd M., “Jew Bill”, in: Encyclopedia of Jewish History and Culture Online, Original German Language Edition: Enzyklopädie Jüdischer Geschichte und Kultur. Im Auftrag der Sächsischen Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Leipzig herausgegeben von Dan Diner. © J.B. Metzler, Stuttgart/Springer-Verlag GmbH Deutschland 2011–2017. Consulted online on 01 October 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-8894_ejhc_COM_0348>
First published online: 2017
First print edition: 20200106

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