American Jewish History, 1492-2001|
|Certificates: International Relations, Jewish and Israel Studies|
Relying in large part on primary documents and literary works, this course will explore the history of Jews in the United States, dating back to the colonial period but emphasizing the 19th and 20th centuries. We will discuss a wide variety of issues, including: immigration patterns, business roles, living conditions, participation in popular culture, religious practices, intergroup relations and prejudices, radical and mainstream politics, marriage with non-Jews, life in the South, the impact of developments in Germany, Russia, and the Middle East on American Jews, and their connections with Jews in other parts of the world.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AMST)(CJS)(HIST-MN)(SISP-Hist Conc)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Hasia R. Diner, THE JEWS OF THE UNITED STATES, 1654 TO 2000 (2004);
Excerpts from: Jules Chametzky, et. al., JEWISH AMERICAN LITERATURE: A NORTON ANTHOLOGY (2001)
Paul Mendes-Flohr and Jehuda Reinharz, ed., THE JEW IN THE MODERN WORLD: A DOCUMENTARY HISTORY
IRVING HOWE, WORLD OF OUR FATHERS (1976)
Samuel C. Heilman, PORTRAIT OF AMERICAN JEWS: THE LAST HALF OF THE 20TH CENTURY (1995)
Marge Feiris and Mark Grenberg, JEWISH ROOTS IN SOUTHERN SOIL: A NEW HISTORY (2006)
Plus primary documents including music and excerpts from the work of I.L. Peretz, Emma Lazarus, Abraham Cahan, Anzia Yezierska, Saul Bellow, Bernard Malamud, Philip Roth, Allen Ginsburg, Betty Friedan, and others.
|Examination and Assignments: |
Mid-term essay, research essay (10-15 pp), six one-page response papers.
|Instructor(s): Schatz,Ronald W. Times: ..T.R.. 01:10PM-02:30PM; Location: PAC421; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 40||SR major: 4||JR major: 5|| || |
|Seats Available: 16||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 5||JR non-major: 4||SO: 11||FR: 11|