Kenneth Steven, a writer, translator, and poet, is the author of, among other titles,Glen Lyon, The Well of the North Wind, and Letting in the Light. He lives in Scotland.
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The Poem That Ended Norway’s Constitutional Ban on Jews

On this day in 1814 the Scandinavian country ratified the constitution that brought it into the enlightened age in all ways except one: the inclusion of Jews. It took the poet Henrik Wergeland to open his compatriots’ eyes to their mistake.

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