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In the Golden Land: A Century of Russian and Soviet Jewish Immigration in America

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From 1870 to 1900, over a half million Russian Jews came to the United States. Russian Jewish emigration had ceased by the 1920s due to the effects of the First World War, the Bolshevik Revolution, and the Quota Acts, but a century later, Jews from the former Soviet Union began to emigrate in large numbers. This detailed account describes the motivations of Russian and Soviet Jews for leaving their homeland and their subsequent adjustments to life in the United States. Simon, a sociologist, provides insight into who these Jewish immigrants were and are, what they accomplished, and how they have been viewed.

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A history of Russian Jewish immigration beginning with the 1870s and concluding with "the wave" of Soviet emigration in the 1970s. Simon public affairs and law, American U. contrasts these two groups and the American perception of both, tracing the emigration, adjustment, and experiences of Russian and Soviet Jews, as well as focusing on social, cultural, and education institutions and movements within the earlier Russian Jewish Community, including immigrant Jewish involvement in American Socialist movements, and later, the Zionist movement as it developed in the US. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275957315
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/28/1997
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 202
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

RITA J. SIMON is University Professor in the School of Public Affairs and the Washington College of Law at American University.

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Table of Contents

1 Russian Jewish Immigration 3
2 Public Opinion but the New Immigrants 13
3 Russian Jews in the United States 23
4 Jews in the Soviet Union 47
5 Soviet Jewish Immigrants 59
6 Reactions of the American Jewish Community to Soviet Jews 75
7 Literary, Educational, and Recreational Institutions 83
8 The Russian Jews and the Left 93
9 The Zionist Movement in America 103
10 Jews in Professional Sports 109
11 Jews in the Entertainment World 123
12 Russian Jews and Crime 137
13 Soviet Jews as Small Business Owners 149
Closing Comments 161
Notes 163
Selected Bibliography 169
Index 173
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