American Jewish History, 1492-2001|
Spring 2015 not offered
|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.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AMST)(HIST-MN)(SISP-Hist Conc)
subject to change)
Hasia R. Diner, The Jews of the United States, 1654 to 2000 (2004)
Paul Mendes-Flohr and Jehuda Reinharz, eds., The Jews in the Modern World
A Documentary History 2nd Edition (1995)
Irving Howe, World of Our Fathers (1976)
Debroah Dash Moore, At Home in America: Second Generation New York Jews (1981)
Henry L. Feingold, The Politics of Rescue: The Roosevelt Administration and the Holocaust, 1938-1945 (1970)
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Mid-term exam; research essay; weekly questions.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
The course is open to all interested students; daily attendance is expected.
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