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Speaking of Jews: Rabbis, Intellectuals, and the Creation of an American Public Identity

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Lila Corwin Berman asks why, over the course of the twentieth century, American Jews became increasingly fascinated, even obsessed, with explaining themselves to their non-Jewish neighbors. What she discovers is that language itself became a crucial tool for Jewish group survival and integration into American life. Berman investigates a wide range of sources--radio and television broadcasts, bestselling books, sociological studies, debates about Jewish marriage and intermarriage, Jewish missionary work, and more--to reveal how rabbis, intellectuals, and others created a seemingly endless array of explanations about why Jews were indispensable to American life. Even as the content of these explanations developed and shifted over time, the very project of self-explanation would become a core element of Jewishness in the twentieth century.

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This is an outstanding contribution to the literature on social science and the intellectual construction of Jewish identity in the U.S. The author has done a superb job of linking the Jewish missionary movement within the religious sector with the Jewish sociological trends and the dilemma of Jewish assimilation.aJanet Jacobs, author of Hidden Heritage: The Legacy of the Crypto-Jews

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Spiritual missions after the Great War : the reform movement and the Jewish Chautauqua Society — The ghetto and beyond : the rising

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520943704
Publisher:
University of California Press
Subject:
Religion : Judaism - General
Author:
Berman, Lila Corwin
Author:
Lila Corwin Berman
Subject:
Social Science : Jewish Studies
Subject:
History : Jewish - General
Subject:
History : United States - 20th Century
Subject:
Jews
Subject:
Identity
Subject:
Sociology - General
Subject:
Jewish studies
Subject:
Judaism - General
Subject:
United States Ethnic relations.
Subject:
Jews -- United States -- Identity.
Subject:
Jewish - General
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Subject:
Judaism-Jews in America
Subject:
Sociology-Jewish Studies
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
February 2009
Binding:
eBooks
Language:
English
Pages:
280

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History and Social Science » Ethnic Studies » Racism and Ethnic Conflict
History and Social Science » Sociology » General
History and Social Science » Sociology » Jewish Studies
History and Social Science » US History » 20th Century » General
History and Social Science » World History » General
Religion » Judaism » General
Religion » Judaism » History
Religion » Judaism » Jewish History
Religion » Western Religions » Social and Political Issues

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"Synopsis" by , This is an outstanding contribution to the literature on social science and the intellectual construction of Jewish identity in the U.S. The author has done a superb job of linking the Jewish missionary movement within the religious sector with the Jewish sociological trends and the dilemma of Jewish assimilation.aJanet Jacobs, author of Hidden Heritage: The Legacy of the Crypto-Jews
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