Tradition Transformed: The Jewish Experience in America / Edition 1

Tradition Transformed: The Jewish Experience in America / Edition 1

by Gerald Sorin
     
 

ISBN-10: 0801854474

ISBN-13: 9780801854477

Pub. Date: 03/28/1997

Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press

Throughout American history, from the colonial era to the present, Jews have found America generally hospitable. Yet even in this relatively receptive country, which essentially replaced Israel as the "promised land," there have been vexing questions for Jews—questions about the costs of freedom and mobility, especially with regard to the erosion of Jewish

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Throughout American history, from the colonial era to the present, Jews have found America generally hospitable. Yet even in this relatively receptive country, which essentially replaced Israel as the "promised land," there have been vexing questions for Jews—questions about the costs of freedom and mobility, especially with regard to the erosion of Jewish tradition and distinctiveness.

In this one-volume history of the Jewish experience in America, Gerald Sorin argues that, from colonial times to the present, "acculturation" and not "assimilation" has best described the experience of Jewish Americans. American Jews, Sorin explains, have maintained their unique ethnic characteristics yet have become part of mainstream, middle-class American life. Sorin also shows how the large migration of Jews from Russia and Eastern Europe in the late nineteenth century made a lasting impact on how other Americans imagine, understand, and relate to Jewish Americans and their cultural contributions today.

Drawing together all aspects of American Jewish history, this concise volume deals with the transformation of a people, their religion, their move into trade and commerce, their political commitments domestically and internationally (especially after the Holocaust), and their contributions to education and culture.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801854477
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
03/28/1997
Series:
The American Moment
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
312
Sales rank:
1,131,956
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Series Editor's Foreword
Preface and Acknowledgments
Ch. 1Perspectives and Prospects1
Ch. 2The Threshold of Liberation, 1654-182011
Ch. 3The Age of Reform, 1820-188021
Ch. 4The Eastern European Cultural Heritage and Mass Migration to the United States, 1880-192034
Ch. 5Transplanted in America: The Urban Experience61
Ch. 6Transplanted in America: Smaller Cities and Towns91
Ch. 7Jewish Labor, American Politics107
Ch. 8Varieties of Jewish Belief and Behavior126
Ch. 9Power and Principle: Jewish Participation in American Domestic Politics and Foreign Affairs147
Ch. 10Mobility, Politics, and the Construction of a Jewish American Identity160
Ch. 11Almost at Home in America, 1920-1945179
Ch. 12American Jewry Regroups, 1945-1970194
Ch. 13Israel, the Holocaust, and Echoes of Anti-Semitism in Jewish American Consciousness, 1960-1995214
Ch. 14The Ever-Disappearing People234
Bibliographical Essay255
Index285

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