Jews & America|
Spring 2019 not offered
|Certificates: Jewish and Israel Studies|
This course will investigate why Jews came to America and how they and their children adapted to their new home. It will explore American Jews' relations with other groups, including the Irish Americans, African Americans and the white Anglo-Saxon Protestant elite, and Jews in other parts of the world. Finally, the course will consider Jews' quite significant impact on the American economy, politics, society, and culture. Although it will begin with the colonial era, the course will focus primarily on the 19th and especially the 20th centuries.
||Gen Ed Area Dept:
|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AMST)(CJS)(HIST-MN)(SISP-Hist Conc)
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.
|Examination 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.