Jewish American Chronology
Chronologies of the American Mosaic
by Mark K. Bauman
June 2011, 155pp, 7x10
1 volume, Greenwood

Hardcover: 978-0-313-37604-7
$94, £70, 79€, A135
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In 1585, Joachim Gaunse emigrated to the Roanoke Colony as a metallurgist. Although he stayed for only about a year, he is the first known Jew in British America. In the more than 400 years since, Jews have made their mark, for better and sometimes for worse, on virtually every aspect of American society.

This comprehensive and analytical history of American Jews and Judaism from the Colonial Era to the present explores the impact of America on Jews and of Jews on America.

Covering more than four centuries from the Colonial Era forward, Jewish American Chronology offers an introduction to the history of American Jews and Judaism, using individual examples, personality profiles, and illustrations to bring fundamental patterns and major themes to life. Arranged chronologically, the entries illustrate how a variety of different Jewish groups and individuals have adapted to America, both changing in accordance with time and place and retaining tradition and culture, even as they became thoroughly American.

Readers will learn how Jews have created community and institutions, confronted anti-Semitism, and interacted among themselves and with other groups. They will read about immigration, migration, and socioeconomic mobility. And they will discover how Jews have filled critical economic niches, contributed disproportionately in a variety of endeavors, and changed over time and in reaction to circumstances. In this wide-ranging work, Jewish Americans are depicted in a balanced and accurate manner, describing Nobel Prize winners and standout economic success stories as well as those who achieved fame and notoriety in other ways.

Features

  • Hundreds of entries, organized chronologically, explain and analyze America's impact on Judaism and Jews, and Jews' impact on America
  • Photographs of individuals, businesses, synagogues, and orphans' homes, striking workers, suffragettes, and statuary with explanatory labels
  • Dozens of glossary entries that define and clarify key terms from "anti-Semitism" to "Zionism," as well as historical jargon like "colonial charters" and "established churches"
  • A select bibliography of books, journals, and web pages guides the reader in further study
Mark K. Bauman, PhD, is retired professor of history at Atlanta Metropolitan College, Atlanta, GA. He earned his degree at Emory University. Bauman is the author of biographies of southern Methodist Bishop Warren A. Candler and Rabbi Harry H. Epstein, as well as editor of The Quiet Voices: Southern Rabbis and Black Civil Rights, 1880s to 1990s and Dixie Diaspora: An Anthology of Southern Jewish History. He received the Outstanding Career Service award from the Georgia Association of Historians and the Samuel Proctor Outstanding Career in Scholarship in Southern Jewish History award from the Southern Jewish Historical Society among other honors. Bauman is founding and current editor of Southern Jewish History and studies the interaction within and between ethnic/minority groups.

Reviews

"As an up-to-date, small-format, easy to use, and complete volume, it is hard to imagine a better reference source for schools and synagogues."—Association of Jewish Libraries, September 1, 2012
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