From the time of America being 13 colonies, Jews played in integral part in the shaping of the country that was to come. All other nations had, at one point, either forced Jews to convert or leave, but not one colony ever forced a single Jew to convert and there was no forced removal.
People came to the colonies for different reason with most seeking religious freedom. It gave Jews and Christians a commonality to build from that which was missing in Europe and most of the colonized Americas.
Early on, these Christians and Jews worked together to forge out a means of survival. The life expectancy of new colonists was rather low no matter where they built. The bodies were more important than the religious beliefs.
Most colonies welcomed everyone, but there were exceptions. In some places, Quakers were arrested for sharing their faith, but that was far from representing the whole of the colonies.
A distinct difference between the American colonies turned states and what could be found elsewhere was the lack of a single religion and predominant religious belief system. Everyone from atheists to devout Christians and Jews lived in the colonies and openly expressed their beliefs. The advantage of being the focal point of people fleeing religious persecution elsewhere was to take in wider points of view with little conflict.
When the revolution came, Jews fought with the same honor as gentiles. There were Jewish and gentile officers enlisted, spies and financiers who worked along side one another. There is also no notable anti-Semitism to be found in the well recorded history of the what that led to American independence.
There was no greater mix of religious people in any other revolution in the history of the world, which is one of the reasons it did not simply replace one tyrant with another. Brutal tyranny replaces brutal tyranny almost every time.
Christians and Jews were abolitionists who fought and worked together to end slavery. They were both an integral part of the Underground Railroad who helped slaves to escape at great risk to themselves.
Throughout the wars that led to western expansion itself, Jews were a critical part of that history. They were the soldiers, traders, minors, sheriffs, mayors and every other occupation of small towns throughout the west. Some sought their fortunes in gold, while others sold the goods needed to look for gold. They were the rich, middle class, and poor that made up the west. In essence, they were no different from the gentiles who went west for war, gold, or whatever other reasons they may have had.
There were very few who went west, and every body was needed. No one cared about background or religion. All that mattered was what they could do.
There were even Jews who did a job that very few wanted to do. A job that took guts and little in the way of brains. The Union Scout. There were very few volunteers for one of the most dangerous jobs of that time.
Jews were just as instrumental in the transcontinental railroad as the gentiles who came from all walks of life and represented numerous religious beliefs.
Jews have fought in every war the United States has ever been in as both officers and enlisted. They have been awarded the most distinguished medals for honor and bravery in the battles they have fought. On the battlefield, there has never been a distinction between Jew and gentile. They have been seen as equally heroic.
Just about every innovation in America’s history involves Jews. They may not have always been the initial inventors, but Jewish innovation went into future designs. America being a technological leader of the world is largely thanks to Jewish input, where they have always found a place in the world where they are free to pursue their dreams without giving up being Jewish.
A largely Christian nation has been intrinsically linked to Judaism from even before its founding. That is why the United States is the only country in the history of the world that is Judeo-Christian.