Jews in American Politics: Introduction by Senator Joseph I. Lieberman / Edition 544by Sandy L. Maisal
Pub. Date: 09/28/2001
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Joseph Lieberman's Vice Presidential nomination was neither the first nor last word on signal Jewish achievements in American politics. Jews have played an important role in American government since the early 1800s at least, and in view of the 2000 election, there is no political office outside the reach of Jewish American citizens. For the first time, JEWS IN AMERICAN POLITICS brings together a complete picture of the past, present, and future of Jewish political participation. Years in the making, this monumental work includes thoughtful and original chapters by leading journalists, scholars, and practitioners. Topics range from Jewish leadership and identity; to Jews in Congress, on the Supreme Court, and in presidential administrations; and on to Jewish influence in the media, the lobbies, and in other arenas in which American government operates powerfully, if informally. In addition to the thematic chapters, JEWS IN AMERICAN POLITICS includes over 400 biographical profiles of prominent Jews throughout American political history, and concludes with an invaluable roster of Jews in key governmental positions from Ambassadorships and Cabinet posts to federal judges, state governors, and mayors of major cities. Part reference and part reflection, JEWS IN AMERICAN POLITICS offers deep insight into serious questions about the dilemmas that Jews in public service face, as well as humorous sidelights and authoritative reference materials never before collected in one source. The story of the rich tradition of Jewish participation in American political life provides at once the perfect gift for every Jewish home as well as an indispensable resource for any serious follower of Americanpolitics.
Author BBiography: L. Sandy Maisel is the William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor and chair of the department of political science at Colby College. Ira N. Forman is Executive Director of the National Jewish Democratic Council and the Research Director of the Solomon Project.
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Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 Prologue: The Lieberman Candidacy Part 3 Part I Themes, Trends, and American Political Institutions Chapter 4 Identity and Polity: Dilemmas of Jewish Leadership Chapter 5 At the Summit: Presidents, Presidential Appointments, and Jews Chapter 6 On the Hill: Jews in the U.S. Congress Chapter 7 On the Bench: The Jewish Justices Chapter 8 Movers, Shakers, and Leaders: Jewish Party Politicians Chapter 9 Who Does What? Jewish Advocacy and Jewish "Interest" Chapter 10 A Part and Apart: Jewish Americans, the Media, and American Politics Chapter 11 The Politics of Minority Consciousness: The Historical Voting Behavior of American Jews Chapter 12 Still Liberal After All These Years? The Contemporary Political Behavior of American Jewry Chapter 13 Right Turn? Jews and the American Conservative Movement Chapter 14 Famished for Justice: The Jew as Radical Chapter 15 Activists and Organizers: Jewish Women and American Politics Chapter 16 Israel and Beyond: American Jews and U.S. Foreign Policy Chapter 17 Hosts not Visitors: The Future of Jews in American Politics Part 18 Part II Biographical Profiles Part 19 Part III Rosters of Jewish Leadership and Voting
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