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Middletown Jews : the tenuous survival of an American Jewish community /
edited by Dan Rottenberg ; with an introduction by Dwight W. Hoover.
imprint
Bloomington, Ind. : Indiana University Press, 1997.
description
xxxiv, 142 p., [12] p. of plates : ill.
ISBN
0253332435 (cloth : alk. paper)
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Bloomington, Ind. : Indiana University Press, 1997.
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0253332435 (cloth : alk. paper)
catalogue key
1086092
 
Includes bibliographical references.
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Appeared in Choice on 1997-10:
Essentially a 1979 oral history of 19 Jewish residents of Muncie, Indiana--the "Middletown" of Robert Lynd and Helen Lynd's penetrating sociological studies--this book reveals the problematic status of a minuscule and dwindling Midwest Jewish community. Focusing on the period between the 1920s and 1960s, these oral testimonies recall the national immigrant origins of Muncie Jewry as well as its social, economic, and religious evolution; impoverished Jewish organizational life; demographic patterns; relations with gentiles; and perceptions of antisemitism and its consequences. Reflections of ordinary folks on their lives, these stories underscore resiliency and achievement, economic mobility, and middle-class values even as they underscore fundamental Jewish illiteracy, diluted commitment to Judaism, and the absence of a critical mass to sustain an enriched Jewish communal infrastructure. With a useful, reprinted historical evaluation of the community and an updated editor's afterword, this brief work speaks volumes about the uncertain future of small-town American Jewry. General readers; undergraduates. B. Kraut; University of Cincinnati
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Kirkus Reviews, February 1997
Choice, October 1997
Reference & Research Book News, February 1998
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Table of Contents
Preface: Beyond the Lower East Side
Editor's Note
Introduction: To Be a Jew in Middletown
The Beautiful Steak with the Pat of Butterp. 1
"I'm the Jew You're Talking About"p. 8
The Klansman's Beneficiaryp. 15
At Home with Gentilesp. 21
"Muncie Will Always Be Home to Me"p. 25
"You Were Not Dealing with Urban People"p. 37
Avoiding the "Note of Hatred"p. 41
"You Can't Be Anonymous"p. 44
The Gentile Wifep. 61
Mankind Is Improvingp. 67
"There Was No Other Temple"p. 74
Reform vs. Orthodoxp. 78
An Instinct for Survivalp. 84
A Jew Who Went Fishingp. 97
Tending to Businessp. 102
From Metropolis to County Seatp. 106
"Nobody Seemed to Give a Damn Who Went to Church"p. 110
Where the Klan Still Livesp. 116
The Great Transformationp. 123
Epilogue: Since 1979p. 135
Afterwordp. 137
Bibliographyp. 141
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