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Author Klingenstein, Susanne, 1959-

Title Jews in the American academy, 1900-1940 : the dynamics of intellectual assimilation / Susanne Klingenstein
Published New Haven : Yale University Press, ©1991
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Description 1 online resource (xxii, 248 pages) : illustrations
Contents Messenger to the gentiles : Harry Austryn Wolfson (1887-1974) -- American ideas of Horace Meyer Kallen (1882-1974) -- Adamant rationalist : Morris Raphael Cohen (1880-1947) -- Ludwig Lewisohn's ascent to Columbia (1882-1903) -- Columbia University and the Jews at the turn of the century -- Case of Joel Elias Spingarn (1875-1939) -- Ludwig Lewisohn's dissent from Columbia (1904-1955) -- Lionel Trilling (1905-1975) : representative man -- Observance of the ordinary -- Taming of the Jew : fictional self-reflections -- Mind in repose above the battleground of the heart
Summary Discusses the process of admission of Jewish academics into American universities. Focuses on the generation born in the 1880s (e.g. Leo Wiener, Harry A. Wolfson, Horace M. Kallen), and on Lionel M. Trilling (born in 1905). Examines their slow progress via professorships in philology, philosophy and, eventually, in English literature, as the latter department tended to see itself as the last bastion of Anglo-Saxon culture. Shows the interaction between these Jewish intellectuals and the universities which were somewhat hostile toward Jews. Discusses Columbia University's anti-Jewish policy with respect to admission of students and appointment of professors and trustees in the late 19th-early 20th centuries, and mentions other universities' reservations toward Jews. (From the Bibliography of the Vidal Sassoon International Center for the Study of Antisemitism)
Analysis Jews History
United States
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 209-241) and index
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Subject Jewish college teachers -- United States -- Biography
Jews -- Cultural assimilation -- United States
Jews -- United States -- Biography
Assimilatie (sociologie)
Hoger onderwijs.
Ethnic relations.
HISTORY -- General.
Jewish college teachers.
Jews -- Cultural assimilation.
United States -- Ethnic relations
United States.
Genre/Form Biographies.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 030024200X