Did you know that until World War I, Chicago had the third largest Jewish population of any city in the world? Did you know that Jews played leading roles in the civil rights movement? Or that Jewish men are over-represented in basketball and boxing? If you didn’t know, that’s because history books have generally ignored the American Jewish experience—until now.
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.
• 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
• 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”