American Jewish History: 1492-2001|
|Certificates: International Relations, Jewish and Israel Studies|
This course considers the successive waves of Jewish immigrants who have come to colonies in North America and the United States, how they and their descendants have fared, and their role in the larger society. Among the issues weżll look at are these: the reasons for migration; philo-Semitic and anti-Semitic attitudes of Gentiles in America; where Jews settled, why, and their role in the economy; the rise of Reform Judaism and the Orthodox response; cultural clashes between German and East European Jews; participation in political movements, including socialism, Zionism, civil rights, feminism, and neo-conservatism; responses to Czarist Russia, the Balfour Declaration, the Russian Revolution, Nazi Germany, and Israel; distinctive cultural contributions to genres ranging from music and novels to sports, comics, and film; and changing family and social practices.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AMST)(HIST-MN)(SISP-Hist Conc)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Hasia R. Diner, The Jews of the United States, 1654 to 2000 (2004);
Paul Mendes-Flohr and Jehuda Reinharz, ed., The Jew in the Modern World: A Documentary History
Irving Howe, World of Our Fathers (1976)
Deborah Dash Moore, At Home in America; Second Generation New York Jews (1981)
Henry Feingold, Bearing Witness: How America and its Jews Responded to the Holocaust (1995)
Samuel C. Heilman, Portrait of American Jews: The Last Half of the 20th Century (1995)
Plus primary documents including music and excerpts from the work of I.L. Peretz, Abraham Cahan, Anzia Yezierska, and others.
|Examination and Assignments: |
Mid-term essay, research essay (10-15 pp), six one-page response papers.
|Instructor(s): Schatz,Ronald W. Times: .M.W... 02:40PM-04:00PM; Location: ALLB004; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 40||SR major: 4||JR major: 5|| || |
|Seats Available: 30||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 5||JR non-major: 4||SO: 11||FR: 11|