The memories and experiences of well-known Jewish Americans such as comedians George Burns and Jack Benny, Oscar Solomon Straus (the first Jewish Presidential cabinet member), and novelist Edna Ferber are included, as are profiles of Barbra Streisand, Steven Spielberg, Leonard Bernstein, union leader Samuel Gompers, and poet Emma Lazarus, among others. But other Jewish Americans who did not achieve celebrity status are also represented. Moses Albert Levy, a doctor who joined Sam Houston's army, 13-year-old Mary Antin, who arrived in Boston in 1894, Sarah Thal, who was a homesteader in the Dakotas, and many more fascinating but unknown immigrants tell powerful, emotional, and sometimes funny stories of life in their new homeland.
These memories and profiles are illustrated with moving photographs from news sources and family collections. They show in vivid fashion a people who have brought us humor, spirit, and perseverance. The Jewish American Family Album is an important tribute to the magificent variety of people and cultures that make up our United States.
|Publisher:||Oxford University Press|
|Series:||American Family Albums Series|
|Product dimensions:||11.37(w) x 8.81(h) x 0.59(d)|
|Age Range:||12 - 17 Years|
About the Author
About the Authors:
Dorothy and Thomas Hoobler have published more than 50 books for children and have been honored by the Library of Congress, the New York Public Library, the National Council for the Social Studies, and the Society for School Librarians International. They live in New York City.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is a book filled with well-known and not so well-known Jewish Americans. What a wonderful experience it was to read about George Burns,Jack Benny, and Barbra Streisand, as well as about Oscar Solomon Straus (the first Jewish Presidential cabinet member of whom I had never heard), and to share them with my children. Being a member of a minority group can be difficult, especially for children. It is books like these can make make them proud, as well as to enable non-Jews to understand and appreciate the immigrant experience.