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The American Jewish Experience, 2nd edition

Jonathan D. Sarna, editor
The American Jewish Experience, 2nd edition
ISBN: 978-0-8419-1376-9
$26.00
1997/375 pages/LC: 97000738
Distributed for Holmes & Meier Publishers

"Simply the best college-level reader available to professors and students alike.... A volume that must be on every university syllabus concerned with the history of Jewish life in America."—American Jewish Archives

"In a clear and cogent introduction Sarna sets down the key themes of the American Jewish experience, showing how American Jews grappled with the dilemma of synthesizing their Jewish and American identities and remaining committed to Jewish survival in a culturally pluralistic society at the same time that they moved to embrace the promises of the American dream."—Journal of American Ethnic History

DESCRIPTION

Offering a range of the liveliest, most informative writing on Jews in America from colonial times to the present, the revised edition of this popular collection, with nine new chapters, explores both contemporary issues and traditional areas of interest. An editor's note preceding each chapter highlights context and relevance, and a bibliographic essay follows each section.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jonathan D. Sarna is Joseph H. and Belle R. Braun Professor of American Jewish History at Brandeis University and chief historian of the National Museum of American Jewish History. He is author or editor of more than twenty books, including the acclaimed American Judaism: A History.

CONTENTS

  • Introduction.
  • THE AMERICAN JEWISH COMMUNITY TAKES SHAPE.
  • The American Colonial Jew—J.R. Marcus.
  • The Impact of the American Revolution on American Jews—J.D. Sarna.
  • The 1820s: American Jewry Comes of Age—M.H. Stern.
  • THE "GERMAN PERIOD" IN AMERICAN JEWISH HISTORY.
  • A Nineteenth-Century German-Jewish Village on Its Way to the New World—S. Rohrbacher.
  • The Reform Movement’s Land of Promise—M.A. Meyer.
  • The Christian Agenda—N.W. Cohen.
  • German-Jewish Financiers in Nineteenth-Century New York—B.E. Supple.
  • THE ERA OF EAST EUROPEAN IMMIGRATION.
  • Immigrant Jews on the Lower East Side of New York: 1880–1914—D. Dwork.
  • Germans vs. Russians—M. Rischin.
  • The New York City Kosher Meat Boycott of 1902—P.E. Hyman.
  • Luxuries, Holidays, and Jewish Identity—A.R. Heinze.
  • The Jewishness of the Jewish Labor Movement—L.S. Dawidowicz.
  • COMING TO TERMS WITH AMERICA. 
  • Henry Ford and the International Jew—L.P. Ribuffo.
  • The Emergence of the American Synagogue—J.S. Gurock.
  • The Jewish Home Beautiful—J. Weissman Joselit.
  • Zionism: An American Experience—M.I. Urofsky.
  • The Midpassage of American Jewry—L.P. Gartner.
  • THE HOLOCAUST AND BEYOND.
  • Who Shall Bear Guilt for the Holocaust?  The Human Dilemma—H.L. Feingold.
  • A “Golden Decade” for American Jews: 1945–1955—A.A. Goren.
  • Jewish Migration in Postwar America: The Case of Miami and Los Angeles—D.D. Moore.
  • The Turbulent Sixties—J. Wertheimer
  • United States Jewry: A Look Forward—A. Hertzberg.
  • Appendixes: The Growth of the American Jewish Population. A Century of Jewish Immigration to the United States.