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American Jewish History, 1492-2001

HIST 210
Fall 2014
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: AMST 223
Certificates: Jewish and Israel Studies

The two central questions in this course are these: How did American Jews begin, and continue, to develop a distinct identity from Jews elsewhere? And in turn, how has America been influenced by their presence?

While we begin with Christopher Columbus and discuss colonial episodes (for instance, George Washington's significant letter to the Touro Synagogue), our primary focus will be the 19th and particularly the 20th centuries. Among issues to be explored are the successive waves of Jewish immigration, business and labor, political expression, the arts and popular culture, intergroup relations, and the impact on American Jews of European and Middle Eastern developments. In addition to primary sources and historical scholarship, the class will look at fiction, poetry, music, and film.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS HIST
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AMST)(HIST-MN)(SISP-Hist Conc)
Past Enrollment Probability: 90% or above

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