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Author Berman, Lila Corwin

Title Speaking of Jews : Rabbis, Intellectuals, and the Creation of an American Public Identity
Published CA : University of California Press, 2009


Description 1 online resource (281 pages)
Series The S. Mark Taper Foundation imprint in Jewish studies
S. Mark Taper Foundation imprint in Jewish studies.
Contents Cover; Title; Copyright; Contents; List of Illustrations; Acknowledgments; Introduction: Presenting Jews to America; 1. Spiritual Missions after the Great War: The Reform Movement and the Jewish Chautauqua Society; 2. The Ghetto and Beyond: The Rising Authority of American Jewish Social Science in Interwar America; 3. The Sacred and Sociological Dilemma of Jewish Intermarriage; 4. Serving the Public Good and Serving God in 1940s America; 5. Constructing an Ethnic America: Oscar Handlin, Nathan Glazer, and Post-World War II Social Research
6. What Is a Jew? Missionaries, Outreach, and the Cold War Ethnic Challenge7. A Jewish Marilyn Monroe and the Civil-Rights-Era Crisis in Jewish Self-Presentation; Conclusion: Speaking of Jews; Notes; Selected Bibliography; Index; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H; I; J; K; L; M; N; O; P; R; S; T; U; V; W; Y; Z
Summary 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 o
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 235-251) and index
Notes English
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Subject Jews -- United States -- Identity
Jews -- United States -- Social conditions -- 20th century
Jewish leadership -- United States -- History -- 20th century
Judaism and the social sciences.
Religion and sociology -- United States
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Discrimination & Race Relations.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Minority Studies.
RELIGION -- Judaism -- General.
Ethnic relations
Jewish leadership
Jews -- Identity
Jews -- Social conditions
Judaism and the social sciences
Religion and sociology
judéité -- Etats-Unis -- 20e s.
identité -- intellectuel -- Juif -- Etats-Unis -- 20e s.
SUBJECT United States -- Ethnic relations.
Subject United States
Genre/Form History
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2008025974
ISBN 9780520943704