Tradition Transformed The Jewish Experience in America

ISBN-10: 0801854474

ISBN-13: 9780801854477

Edition: 1997

Authors: Gerald Sorin

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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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List price: $30.00
Copyright year: 1997
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 3/11/1997
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 312
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

Gerald Sorin is Distinguished Professor of History and Director of Jewish Studies at SUNY New Paltz. His most recent book is Tradition Transformed: The Jewish Experience in America.

Series Editor's Foreword
Preface and Acknowledgments
Perspectives and Prospects
The Threshold of Liberation, 1654-1820
The Age of Reform, 1820-1880
The Eastern European Cultural Heritage and Mass Migration to the United States, 1880-1920
Transplanted in America: The Urban Experience
Transplanted in America: Smaller Cities and Towns
Jewish Labor, American Politics
Varieties of Jewish Belief and Behavior
Power and Principle: Jewish Participation in American Domestic Politics and Foreign Affairs
Mobility, Politics, and the Construction of a Jewish American Identity
Almost at Home in America, 1920-1945
American Jewry Regroups, 1945-1970
Israel, the Holocaust, and Echoes of Anti-Semitism in Jewish American Consciousness, 1960-1995
The Ever-Disappearing People
Bibliographical Essay
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