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

ISBN-10: 0814736858

ISBN-13: 9780814736852

Edition: 30th 2005 (Anniversary)

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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.
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Book details

List price: $32.00
Edition: 30th
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: New York University Press
Publication date: 10/1/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 768
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 2.882

J.J. Lee is Director of Glucksman Ireland House, Glucksman Professor of Irish Studies, and professor of history, at New York University. He is the author of the award-winning Ireland 1912-1985: Politics and Society.Irving Howe was born in the Bronx, New York on June 11, 1920. He became a socialist at the age of 14. He graduated from City College in 1940. During World War II, he served in the Army. After the war, he began writing book reviews and essays for several magazines including Commentary, The Nation, and Partisan Review. For four years, he earned a living writing book reviews for Time magazine. He taught English at several colleges including Brandeis University, Stanford University, Hunter College, and City University, which he retired from in 1986. In 1954, he and a group of close friends founded the radical journal Dissent. He was the editor for nearly four decades. Also in the 1950's, he met a Yiddish poet named Eliezer Greenberg and the two began a long project to translate Yiddish prose and poetry into English, eventually publishing six collections of stories, essays, and poems. He wrote several books including Decline of the New, Politics and the Novel, and an autobiography entitled A Margin of Hope. World of Our Fathers won the National Book Award in 1976. He wrote critical studies of William Faulkner and Sherwood Anderson and a biography of Leon Trotsky. He died of cardiovascular disease on May 5, 1993 at the age of 72.

Foreword
Preface
Toward America
Origins
The World of the Shtetl
Ferment and Enlightenment
The Start of Social Change
The Prospect of America
Departure and Arrival
Crossing into Europe
The Lure of America
From Border to Port
The Ordeal of Steerage
At Ellis Island
A Work of Goodness
"Hordes" of Aliens
Open Door-and Closed
The Jews Who Came
The East Side
The Early Years, 1881-1900
The First Shock
"A Gray, Stone World"
A New Tempo, a New Way
Peddling and Sewing
Going to the Land
In the Tenements
The Implacability of Gentleness
A Chaos in Hebrew
Dislocation and Pathology
Voices of the Left
What Migration Meant
Disorder and Early Progress
An Early Combat
New Tastes, New Styles
Spreading Across the City
An Experiment in Community
The Failure of the Banks
Beginnings of a Bourgeoisie
What the Census Shows
A Slow Improvement
Slum and Shop
Working in the Shops
Rising in the World
Ways to Make a Living
The Way They Lived Then
At the Heart of the Family
Boarders, Desertions, Generational Conflict
The Inner World of the Landsmanshaft
Shul, Rabbi, and Cantor
Versions of Belief
From Heder to Secular School
Dreamers of a Nation
A Bit of Fun on the East Side
Up into the Catskills
Matchmakers, Weddings, Funerals
To the Brim
The Restlessness of Learning
"Americanizing" the Greenhorns
A Visit to the Cafes
A Passion for Lectures
The Self-Educated Worker
Fathers and Sons
Growing Up in the Ghetto
Parents and Children
Delinquents and Gangs
Girls in the Ghetto
Going to School
Jewish Children, American Schools
Immigrants and the Gary Plan
City College: Toward a Higher Life
Jewish Labor, Jewish Socialism
Early Weaknesses
The Girls and the Men
The Triangle Shirt Fire
The Jewish Working Class
The Socialist Upsurge
The Meaning of Jewish Socialism
Breakup of the Left
Civil War in the Garment Center
Dual Unions-and the Furriers
A Network of Culture
Recovery, Growth, Adaptation
From Politics to Sentiment
Getting into American Politics
Getting on with Tammany
The Jews and the Irish
Maneuvering Within the City
Low Roads, High Roads
American Responses
The Native Reformers
Stage, Song, and Comic Strip
From Henry Adams to Henry James
Legal Rights, Social Rebuffs
The Culture of Yiddish
The Yiddish Word
Sweatshop Writers
Poets of Yiddishkeit
The Rise of Di Yunge
Three Yiddish Poets
The Modernist Poets
Literary Life on the East Side
Yiddish Fiction in America
After the Holocaust
An Unyielding Voice
The Yiddish Theatre
The Vital Hacks
Time of the Players
A Theatre of Festival
Art and Trash
An Art of Their Own
The Scholar-Intellectuals
Where Should They Go?
Dean of Critics
A Gifted Voice
A Disinterested Historian
The Yiddish Press
Kindergarten and University
A New Journalism
Tell Me, Dear Editor
Voice of Immigrant Socialism
Other Papers, Other Voices
The Time of the Day
Writing to the End
Dispersion
Journeys Outward
Entertainers and Popular Artists
Painters and Sculptors
The American-Jewish Novelists
The New York Intellectuals
At Ease in America?
The Suburbs: New Ways to Live
Into the Public Realm
The Holocaust and After
Israel and the American Jews
A Fear Beyond Escaping
The Immigrant Survivors
Epilogue: Questions upon Questions
Acknowledgments
Reference Notes
Glossary of Yiddish Terms
Bibliographical Notes
Index
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