Scapegoat in the New Wilderness

Scapegoat in the New Wilderness

by Frederic Cople Jaher, Frederic C. Jaher
     
 
'For more than a century, multitudes of Jews have immigrated to the United States, and this country is currently the home of one-third of world Jewry. A major reason for the streams of immigration has been the mildness of American anit-Semitism relative to that encountered by Jews in other parts of the world. Nevertheless, anti-Semitic attitudes have been widespread

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'For more than a century, multitudes of Jews have immigrated to the United States, and this country is currently the home of one-third of world Jewry. A major reason for the streams of immigration has been the mildness of American anit-Semitism relative to that encountered by Jews in other parts of the world. Nevertheless, anti-Semitic attitudes have been widespread here since the earliest colonial days, and it is important to investigate the course of this bigotry in the United States.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
The field of American Jewish history is proving a fruitful one for many scholars. Jaher (history, Univ. of Illinois, Urbana) here presents an overview of European anti-Semitism and an analysis of the American scene through the mid-1800s. Jaher shows how the American experience was a truly new one for Jews. Though often the subject of derision, American Jews on the whole did not face the downright hatred and ostracism experienced by their European counterparts. Jaher's welcome study sheds more light on an important subject. Though somewhat pedantic in tone, it is recommended for libraries with strong U.S. history and Judaica holdings.-- Paul Kaplan, Lake Villa Dist. Lib., Ill.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674790063
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
01/28/1994
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
6.47(w) x 9.60(h) x 1.05(d)

Meet the Author

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Among his books are Doubters and Dissenters and The Urban Establishment: Upper Strata in Boston, New York, Charleston, Chicago, and Los Angeles.

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