Middletown Jews / Edition 1

Middletown Jews / Edition 1

by Dan Rottenberg
     
 

ISBN-10: 0253212065

ISBN-13: 9780253212061

Pub. Date: 02/01/1998

Publisher: Indiana University Press

"Middletown Jews... takes us, through nineteen fascinating interviews done in 1979, into the lives led by mainly first generation American Jews in a small mid-western city." —San Diego Jewish Times

"... this brief work speaks volumes about the uncertain future of small-town American Jewry." —Choice

"The book offers a touching portrait that

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"Middletown Jews... takes us, through nineteen fascinating interviews done in 1979, into the lives led by mainly first generation American Jews in a small mid-western city." —San Diego Jewish Times

"... this brief work speaks volumes about the uncertain future of small-town American Jewry." —Choice

"The book offers a touching portrait that admirably fills gaps, not just in Middletown itself but in histories in general." —Indianapolis Star

"... a welcome addition to the small but growing number of monographs covering local aspects of American Jewish history." —Kirkus Reviews

In Middletown, the landmark 1927 study of a typical American town (Muncie, Indiana), the authors commented, "The Jewish population of Middletown is so small as to be numerically negligible... [and makes] the Jewish issue slight." But WAS the "Jewish issue" slight? What did it mean to be a Jew in Muncie? That is the issue that this book seeks to answer. The Jewish experience in Muncie reflects what many similar communities experienced in hundreds of Middletowns across the midwest.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780253212061
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Publication date:
02/01/1998
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
1,218,345
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.57(d)

Table of Contents

Preface: Beyond the Lower East Side
Editor's Note
Introduction: To Be a Jew in Middletown
1The Beautiful Steak with the Pat of Butter1
2"I'm the Jew You're Talking About"8
3The Klansman's Beneficiary15
4At Home with Gentiles21
5"Muncie Will Always Be Home to Me"25
6"You Were Not Dealing with Urban People"37
7Avoiding the "Note of Hatred"41
8"You Can't Be Anonymous"44
9The Gentile Wife61
10Mankind Is Improving67
11"There Was No Other Temple"74
12Reform vs. Orthodox78
13An Instinct for Survival84
14A Jew Who Went Fishing97
15Tending to Business102
16From Metropolis to County Seat106
17"Nobody Seemed to Give a Damn Who Went to Church"110
18Where the Klan Still Lives116
19The Great Transformation123
Epilogue: Since 1979135
Afterword137
Bibliography141

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