By Stephen H. Norwood, Eunice G. Pollack

American Jews have profoundly formed, and been formed via, American tradition. but American background texts have principally neglected the Jewish adventure. The Encyclopedia of yankee Jewish historical past corrects that omission.In essays and brief entries written by way of one hundred twenty five of the world's best students of yankee Jewish background and tradition, this encyclopedia explores either non secular and secular points of yank Jewish existence. It examines the ecu historical past and immigration of yank Jews and their influence at the professions and educational disciplines, mass tradition and the humanities, literature and theater, and exertions and radical hobbies. It explores Zionism, antisemitism, responses to the Holocaust, the branches of Judaism, and Jews' kinfolk with different teams, together with Christians, Muslims, and African americans. The encyclopedia covers the Jewish press and schooling, Jewish firms, and Jews' participation in America's wars. In finished volumes, Encyclopedia of yank Jewish historical past makes 350 years of yank Jewish adventure available to students, all degrees of scholars, and the examining public.

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As citizens of the nation, Jews were equal to gentiles even when, as citizens of particular states, they may not have received equal rights. Still, equality on the national level accelerated a similar trend for civic parity for Jews in the states. Unlike in France and the Soviet Union, Jewish emancipation in America occurred without a revolution. The French and Russian upheavals resulted not only in the sudden liberation of Jews—in 1791 and 1917–1918, respectively—but radically transformed the larger societies.

Marcus, Jacob R. 1959. American Jewry: Documents, Eighteenth Century. Cincinnati, OH: Hebrew Union College/American Jewish Archives. Marcus, Jacob R. 1970. The Colonial American Jew. 3 vols. Detroit: Wayne State University Press. Pencak, William. 2005. Jews and Gentiles in Early America: 1654–1800. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press. Rubin, Samuel Jacob. 1983. Third to None: The Saga of Savannah Jewry, 1733–1983. Savannah, GA: Congregation Mickve Israel. Snyder, Holly. 2005. A Sense of Place: Jews, Identity, and Social Status in Colonial British America, 1654–1831.

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