A Concise History of American Antisemitismby Robert Michael
Pub. Date: 06/15/2005
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
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
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Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Foreword Chapter 2 Preface Chapter 3 Introduction: "The United States Is Above All Things a Christian Nation" Chapter 4 "We Never Do Evil So Completely and Cheerfully as When We Do It Out of Religious Conviction:" European Antisemitism before the Founding of America Chapter 5 "The Preservation of Christianity Is One of the Great and Leading Ends of Government:" The Jews in the American Colonies and Early State History Chapter 6 "Chock Full of Lies, Wickedness, and Blasphemy:" American Attitudes toward Jews before the Civil War Chapter 7 "A People Whose Feet Run to Evil:" American Antisemitism from the Civil War to the Turn of the Century Chapter 8 "The Jews Reap More and More Dislike as They Better Themselves:" American Responses to Jews from World War One to the Start of World War Two Chapter 9 "The Acquiescence of This Government in the Murder of the Jews:" America, the Jews, and the Holocaust from 1938 to 1945 Chapter 10 "Dangerous People:" A New Beginning? America and the Jews since 1945 Chapter 11 Appendix: Postwar Film
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