Jews & America|
AMST 223, CJST 210|
|Certificates: Jewish and Israel Studies|
Despite their relatively small numbers, Jews have been prominent actors in the United States almost from the founding of the nation. Law, business, and commerce; labor unions, socialist and communist parties; government and politics; race and gender relations; media and music; literature, science, medicine, and the universities; crime and sports; even Christianity--all of these dimensions of American life have been notably affected by Jewish men and women.
In this course, we will look at Jewish Americans over two centuries, addressing not only their intra-group history, but also their significant and sometimes surprising impact on the larger society.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AMST)(HIST-MN)(SISP-Hist Conc)
||Past Enrollment Probability: 90% or above
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Stuart Svonkin, JEWS AGAINST PREJUDICE: AMERICAN JEWS AND THE FIGHT FOR CIVIL LIBERTIES (1997)
Jack Salzman and Cornell West, STRUGGLES IN THE PROMISED LAND: TOWARD A HISTORY OF BLACK-JEWISH RELATIONS IN THE UNITED STATES (1997)
Jenna Weissman Joselit, OUR GANG: JEWISH CRIME AND THE NEW YORK JEWISH COMMUNITY, 1900-1940 (1983)
Philip Roth, THE PLOT AGAINST AMERICA (2004) -- a counter-factual novel depicting the election of Col. Charles Lindbergh, the renowned aviator and an anti-Semite, to the U.S. presidency in 1940
Art Spiegelman, MAUS: A SURVIVOR'S TALE, vol. 1 -- a graphic memoir by the son of a Holocaust survivor (1997)
Other items will be announced, including other fiction, excerpts from films, and popular music.
|Examinations and Assignments: |
An in-class exam in February, a mid-term take-home exam, a research essay, and frequent response papers.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
The course is open to all interested students. Regular attendance and contributions to discussion are expected.
|Instructor(s): Schatz,Ronald W. Times: .M.W... 02:40PM-04:00PM; Location: PAC421; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 30||SR major: 3||JR major: 4|| || |
|Seats Available: 17||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 4||JR non-major: 4||SO: 9||FR: 6|
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