Jews of Chicago: From Shtetl to Suburb

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Vividly told and richly illustrated with more than 160 photographs, The Jews of Chicago is the fascinating story of the cultural, religious, fraternal, economic, and everyday life of Chicago's Jews. This edition of Irving Cutler's definitive historical volume also includes a new foreword written by the author.
 
The first comprehensive history of Chicago's Jewish population in eighty years, The Jews of Chicago brings to life the people, ...

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Overview

Vividly told and richly illustrated with more than 160 photographs, The Jews of Chicago is the fascinating story of the cultural, religious, fraternal, economic, and everyday life of Chicago's Jews. This edition of Irving Cutler's definitive historical volume also includes a new foreword written by the author.
 
The first comprehensive history of Chicago's Jewish population in eighty years, The Jews of Chicago brings to life the people, events, neighborhoods, and institutions that helped shape today's Jewish community. Cutler intertwines neighborhood histories with representative biographical vignettes of some of Chicago's best known figures, such as Edna Ferber, Saul Bellow, Benny Goodman, Mel Tormé, Studs Terkel, Paul Muni, Mandy Patinkin, Emil G. Hirsch, Julius Rosenwald, Dankmar Adler, Arthur Goldberg, Philip Klutznick, and many others. From their roots in the Old Country to their present-day communities, Cutler captures in extraordinary detail the remarkable saga of the Jews of Chicago.

Vividly told and richly illustrated with more than 160 photos, this fascinating history of the cultural, religious, fraternal, economic, and everyday life of Chicago's Jews brings to life the people, events, neighborhoods, and institutions that helped shape today's Jewish communities. 15 maps. Graphs & tables.

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It would be impossible to write a history of Chicago without citing the contributions of its large, dynamic Jewish population. During the 19th century, over a quarter million Jewish immigrants flocked to the city from almost every country in Europe and the Middle East. In this engaging narrative, Irving Cutler renders the story of this successful migration in both large scale and individual microcosms. More than 160 photographs enhance the realism of this inspiring chronicle.
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"Deserves a space not only on every Chicagoan's shelf, but on anyone's who is interested in the rich ethnic heritage of the Windy City."--West Coast Jewish News
 
"A splendid study. . . . Presents the story with marvelous visual evidence, photo documentation, and superb ethnographic mapping of Jewish institutions in Chicago."--American Jewish History

"Concise and thoughtfully written, The Jews of Chicago extends Chicago Jewish history . . . beyond any comparable history. It is a testament not merely to the impressive work that Cutler himself has done, but also to the community he chronicles."--Chicago Jewish History
 
"A thought provoking history of the Jewish community's development in Chicago and its contribution to our city."--Chicago Tribune

“Cutler does a masterful job of tracing the history of Chicago’s Jews from the German Jews who came in the 1830s and 1840s to the East European Jews who arrived in large numbers from 1880 to 1925.”--Jerusalem Post

Jewish Book World
This is the first history of this important community in American Jewry in more than seventy years and succeeds in capturing the flavor and detail of the people, life, culture, institutions and structure of Chicago's Jews. Cutler's volume is both scholarly and popular, comprehensive and readable and is an important addition to American Jewish scholarship.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780252076442
  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press
  • Publication date: 1/13/2009
  • Series: Ethnic History of Chicago Series
  • Edition description: 1st Edition
  • Pages: 344
  • Sales rank: 979,133
  • Product dimensions: 7.70 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Irving Cutler is professor emeritus of geography at Chicago State University and a founding member of the Chicago Jewish Historical Society. He has written extensively on Chicago and is well known for his tours by boat and bus and for his illustrated lectures on Chicago.

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Table of Contents

Preface
1 The First Wave: The German-Speaking Jews 1
2 The Second Wave: The Eastern European Jews 40
3 Through the World Wars: Expanding Communal Activity 103
4 Moving Upward: The Arts, Professions, and Commerce 136
5 The Last Half-Century: Changing Neighborhoods and Lifestyles 193
Glossary 281
Chronology 283
Notes 289
Selected Bibliography 297
Index 303
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