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Encyclopedia of American Jewish History

by Stephen H. Norwood and Eunice G. Pollack, Editors

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August 2007

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Pages 775
Volumes 2
Size 8 1/2x11
Topics Race and Ethnicity/General
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Description

Written by the most prominent scholars in American Jewish history, this encyclopedia illuminates the varied experiences of America's Jews and their impact on American society and culture over three and a half centuries.

American Jews have profoundly shaped, and been shaped by, American culture. Yet American history texts have largely ignored the Jewish experience. The Encyclopedia of American Jewish History corrects that omission.

In essays and short entries written by 125 of the world’s leading scholars of American Jewish history and culture, this encyclopedia explores both religious and secular aspects of American Jewish life. It examines the European background and immigration of American Jews and their impact on the professions and academic disciplines, mass culture and the arts, literature and theater, and labor and radical movements. It explores Zionism, antisemitism, responses to the Holocaust, the branches of Judaism, and Jews' relations with other groups, including Christians, Muslims, and African Americans. The encyclopedia covers the Jewish press and education, Jewish organizations, and Jews’ participation in America’s wars. In two comprehensive volumes, Encyclopedia of American Jewish History makes 350 years of American Jewish experience accessible to scholars, all levels of students, and the reading public.

Features

  • An outstanding series of maps by Sir Martin Gilbert locates places of origin, points of embarkation, sites of pogroms, Holocaust death camps, and transport routes
  • More than 125 photographs depict prominent individuals, Jewish neighborhoods, demonstrations, and rituals

Highlights

  • Covers the three and a half centuries of the Jewish experience in America
  • The first encyclopedia on the American Jewish experience with both in-depth articles and shorter pieces, covering the full expanse of American Jewish history
  • Essays examine Jews’ remarkable but seldom explored influence on American popular culture in articles such as “Jews and Rock 'n’ Roll,” “Jews and Feminism,” “Jews and Hollywood,” “Jews and Television,” and “Jews and Sports”
Author Info

Stephen H. Norwood, PhD, is professor of history and Judaic studies at the University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK. He received his degree from Columbia University, one of the world's leading centers for Jewish studies. His published works include Strikebreaking & Intimidation, Labor's Flaming Youth, and Real Football, as well as numerous articles published in journals such as American Jewish History, Studies in Contemporary Jewry, and Modern Judaism. He is a member of the Academic Council of the David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies and was the winner of the Herbert G. Gutman Award in American Social History and the SABR/Macmillan Award.

Eunice G. Pollack, PhD, teaches history and Jewish studies at the University of North Texas, Denton, TX. She received her degree from Columbia University, one of the world's leading centers for Jewish studies. Her published works include The Childhood We Have Lost: When Siblings Were Caregivers, 1900-1970. She is a member of the Academic Council of the David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies.

Reviews/Endorsements

Reviews

"Strongly recommended for school as well as community library Judaic Studies and American History reference collections."—Midwest Book Review

"Encyclopedia of American Jewish History provides not just reference listings but in-depth article discussions essential for any student of Judaic history, especially those seeking a solid introductory reference."—Midwest Book Review

"It belongs in all academic and large public library collections."—Booklist

"Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates and above; general readers."—Choice

"Libraries would do well to add this compilation to their shelves to take advantage of current scholarship and the expertise of the encyclopedia's writers."—Reference & User Services Quarterly

"Academic libraries supporting courses on ethnic history and Jewish studies will be well advised to add it to their collections, as would larger public libraries where there is interest."—Against the Grain

Awards

2007 Editors' Choice — Booklist

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