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Jewish American Chronology: Chronologies of the American Mosaicby Mark K Bauman
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Covering more than four centuries from the Colonial Era forward, Jewish American Chronology offers an introduction to the history of American Jews and Judaism, using individual examples, personality profiles, and illustrations to bring fundamental patterns and major themes to life. Arranged chronologically, the entries illustrate how a variety of different Jewish groups and individuals have adapted to America, both changing in accordance with time and place and retaining tradition and culture, even as they became thoroughly American.
Readers will learn how Jews have created community and institutions, confronted anti-Semitism, and interacted among themselves and with other groups. They will read about immigration, migration, and socioeconomic mobility. And they will discover how Jews have filled critical economic niches, contributed disproportionately in a variety of endeavors, and changed over time and in reaction to circumstances. In this wide-ranging work, Jewish Americans are depicted in a balanced and accurate manner, describing Nobel Prize winners and standout economic success stories as well as those who achieved fame and notoriety in other ways.
Book News Annotation:
Viewing the long history of Jews in the US as a spectrum rather than as a set of polarities, i.e., adherence to Old World ways vs. assimilation, Bauman (retired, history, Atlanta Metropolitan College, GA) chronologically covers the Jewish experience and influences on America from before Columbus' arrival in America to 2009. Entries are divided into several time periods, then classified by theme, e.g., relating to international origins, population/demographics, anti-Semitism, immigration, religion, acceptance/tolerance, organizations, community activities, and major sectors of society. The book includes personality profiles, b&w photographs (Barbara Streisand and Henry Kissinger are on the cover), a glossary, and bibliography. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
This comprehensive and analytical history of American Jews and Judaism from the Colonial Era to the present explores the impact of America on Jews and of Jews on America.
• Presents a chronological history of American Jews and Judaism from the Colonial Era to the present, including background from other countries; acceptance and discrimination; economic and social successes and failures; civic, cultural, philanthropic, and other contributions; and religious development, continuity, and change
• Provides an excellent, analytical introduction to major events, personalities, and institutions in American Jewish history in an easily understandable format
• Uses personality profiles and examples from across the country to humanize the major trends and themes in the history of a small, but disproportionately important ethnic/religious minority group
• Makes accessible the most up-to-date information and interpretations concerning American Jewish history for the general reader and students
In 1585, Joachim Gaunse emigrated to the Roanoke Colony as a metallurgist. Although he stayed for only about a year, he is the first known Jew in British America. In the more than 400 years since, Jews have made their mark, for better and sometimes for worse, on virtually every aspect of American society.
• Hundreds of entries, organized chronologically, explain and analyze America's impact on Judaism and Jews, and Jews' impact on America
• Photographs of individuals, businesses, synagogues, and orphans' homes, striking workers, suffragettes, and statuary with explanatory labels
• Dozens of glossary entries that define and clarify key terms from "anti-Semitism" to "Zionism," as well as historical jargon like "colonial charters" and "established churches"
• A select bibliography of books, journals, and web pages guides the reader in further study
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