World of Our Fathers: The Journey of the East European Jews to America and the Life They Found and Made / Edition 1

World of Our Fathers: The Journey of the East European Jews to America and the Life They Found and Made / Edition 1

ISBN-10:
0814736858
ISBN-13:
9780814736852
Pub. Date:
10/01/2005
Publisher:
New York University Press
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World of Our Fathers: The Journey of the East European Jews to America and the Life They Found and Made / Edition 1

A new 30th Anniversary paperback edition of an award-winning classic.

Winner of the National Book Award, 1976

World of Our Fathers traces the story of Eastern Europe's Jews to America over four decades. Beginning in the 1880s, it offers a rich portrayal of the East European Jewish experience in New York, and shows how the immigrant generation tried to maintain their Yiddish culture while becoming American. It is essential reading for those interested in understanding why these forebears to many of today's American Jews made the decision to leave their homelands, the challenges these new Jewish Americans faced, and how they experienced every aspect of immigrant life in the early part of the twentieth century.

This invaluable contribution to Jewish literature and culture is now back in print in a new paperback edition, which includes a new foreword by noted author and literary critic Morris Dickstein.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780814736852
Publisher: New York University Press
Publication date: 10/01/2005
Edition description: Anniversary
Pages: 768
Sales rank: 823,720
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 1.40(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction by Morris Dickstein,
Preface,
1 TOWARD AMERICA,
1 Origins,
2 Departure and Arrival,
2 THE EAST SIDE,
3 The Early Years, 1881–1900,
4 Disorder and Early Progress,
5 Slum and Shop,
6 The Way They Lived Then,
7 The Restlessness of Learning,
8 Growing Up in the Ghetto,
9 Jewish Labor, Jewish Socialism,
10 Breakup of the Left,
11 Getting into American Politics,
12 American Responses,
3 THE CULTURE OF YIDDISH,
13 The Yiddish Word,
14 The Yiddish Theatre,
15 The Scholar-Intellectuals,
16 The Yiddish Press,
4 DISPERSION,
17 Journeys Outward,
18 At Ease in America?,
The Suburbs: New Ways to Live,
Epilogue: Questions upon Questions,
Image Gallery,
Reference Notes,
Glossary of Yiddish Terms,
Bibliographical Notes,
Index,
Acknowledgments,
About the Author,

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