A Concise History of American Antisemitism

A Concise History of American Antisemitism

by Robert Michael
     
 

Unlike many scholars who have regarded anti-semitism as a form of racial discrimination, Michael (European history, U. of Massachusetts) takes the position that religion, or Christianity in particular, is at the root of anti-semitism. He begins this history of anti-semitism in America with the statement the US is "above all things, a Christian nation," and reviews the… See more details below

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Unlike many scholars who have regarded anti-semitism as a form of racial discrimination, Michael (European history, U. of Massachusetts) takes the position that religion, or Christianity in particular, is at the root of anti-semitism. He begins this history of anti-semitism in America with the statement the US is "above all things, a Christian nation," and reviews the background of European Chistianity-based anti-semitism before the founding of the US. He then considers America's Christian identity and anti-semitism chronologically, from the American colonies and early State history; before, during, and after the Civil War; WWI and the interwar period; and the US government's acquiescence to the murder of Jews during the Holocaust. The book concludes with a look at the KKK, Aryan Nations, as well as Catholic-Jewish and Black-Jewish relationships after 1945. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780742543126
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
06/15/2005
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.56(w) x 8.96(h) x 0.74(d)

Meet the Author

Robert Michael is professor emeritus of history at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth and Visiting Professor at Ringling School of Art and Design and Florida Gulf Coast University. His other books include: Dictionary of Anti-Semitism, An English Lexicon of the Language of the Third Reich, and The Holocaust: A Chronology and Documentary. He is working on a poetry collection and a novel.

Table of Contents

Foreword
Introduction : "the United States is above all things a Christian nation"1
1"We never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when we do it out of religious conviction" : European antisemitism before the founding of America15
2"The preservation of Christianity is one of the great and leading ends of government" : the Jews in the American colonies and early state history57
3"Chock full of lies, wickedness, and blasphemy" : American attitudes toward Jews before the Civil War69
4"A people whose feet run to evil" : American antisemitism from the Civil War through World War I87
5"The Jews reap more and more dislike as they better themselves" : American responses to Jews during the interwar period127
6"The acquiescence of this government in the murder of the Jews" : America, the Jews, and the Holocaust from 1938 to 1945170
7"The Jews are dangerous people" : a new beginning? : America and the Jews since 1945196

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