Joining the Club: A History of Jews and Yale

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This unique and richly informative addition to American educational, religious, and cultural history examines the college life of Jews at Yale from the first Jewish graduate in 1809 to the present time, drawing comparisons to the Jewish experience at other elite colleges and universities and to the experiences of other minorities at Yale. In this second edition, Oren draws on new interviews and references to present the dramatic events of the past twenty years, describing the tensions between majority and minority cultures in an academic world increasingly committed to inclusiveness and the solidification of meritocracy.
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Editorial Reviews

A.J. Sherman
Dan A. Oren’s meticulous research reveals how the traditional exclusivist conception of Yale University evolved gradually over time, and with what consequences for Jews and other original outsiders. . . . Judicious in tone, balanced and fluently written.
Lewis Coser
An admirably probing and balanced account of a subject that was up to now considered taboo.
Naomi W. Cohen
A richly researched and well-written book.
Naom W. Cohen
A richly researched and well-written book.
American Historical Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300043846
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/1988
  • Series: The Yale Scene: University Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 442
  • Product dimensions: 6.13 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 1.31 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
A New Preface
Pt. 1 1701-1878
1 The Beginnings 3
Pt. 2 1878-1941
2 Increasing Biases: Undergraduate Life until the First World War 19
3 The Limitation of Numbers: Undergraduate Admissions between the World Wars 41
4 Mixed Messages: Undergraduate Life between the World Wars 69
5 Religious Spirit 103
6 The Faculty 120
7 The School of Medicine 146
Pt. 3 1941-1980
8 Evolving Meritocracy: Undergraduate Life after the Second World War 171
9 Undergraduate Admissions 186
10 Hillel 231
11 A Kosher Whiffenpoof: The Religiously Observant Student 247
12 Finding the Best Doctors 268
13 Breaking the Barriers: The Faculty, Corporation, and Administration 278
14 The Club 300
Pt. 4 Epilogue
15 Coda - 1980 and Beyond 311
16 Conclusions 322
App. 1 The Yale Seal 339
App. 2 Connecticut and United States Populations 349
App. 3 "Church Members" at Yale College, 1873-1904 351
App. 4 Sheffield Scientific School Enrollment, 1873-1921 353
App. 5 Enrollment at Yale College (and Sheffield Scientific School, Where Indicated), 1902-1969 354
App. 6 Background of Jewish Students, Yale College Classes of 1911-1926 357
App. 7 Enrollment in the Yale Graduate and Professional Schools 359
App. 8 Full Professors on the Yale Faculties, 1900-1970 361
App. 9 A Chronology of Judaic Studies at Yale 363
Notes 369
Bibliography 443
Index 469
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2000

    excellent book

    this is one of the best documentaries of the jews who went to yale, and their struggle to fit fact, an updated version, with moden information on yale's minorities is being edited. prepare to be amazed.

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