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Quest for inclusion : Jews and liberalism in modern American /
Marc Dollinger.
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Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, c2000.
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xi, 296 p. : ill ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0691005095 (alk. paper)
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imprint
Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, c2000.
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0691005095 (alk. paper)
catalogue key
3846289
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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"By tracing the nexus between ethnic acculturation and political conviction,Quest for Inclusionaccounts for the Jewish community's many adaptations to American life, and asserts that a new understanding of its political goals and strategies must be sensitive to the dynamic nature of the American Jewish experience. While there has been much discussion about the origins and nature of Jewish liberalism, there has been relatively little attention paid to the breakdown of the consensus and why.Quest for Inclusionbrings an important missing dimension to the discussion."--Murray Friedman, Myer and Rosaline Feinstein Center for American Jewish History, Temple University
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"By tracing the nexus between ethnic acculturation and political conviction, Quest for Inclusion accounts for the Jewish community's many adaptations to American life, and asserts that a new understanding of its political goals and strategies must be sensitive to the dynamic nature of the American Jewish experience. While there has been much discussion about the origins and nature of Jewish liberalism, there has been relatively little attention paid to the breakdown of the consensus and why. Quest for Inclusion brings an important missing dimension to the discussion."--Murray Friedman, Myer and Rosaline Feinstein Center for American Jewish History, Temple University
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"By tracing the nexus between ethnic acculturation and political conviction, Quest for Inclusion accounts for the Jewish communitys many adaptations to American life, and asserts that a new understanding of its political goals and strategies must be sensitive to the dynamic nature of the American Jewish experience. While there has been much discussion about the origins and nature of Jewish liberalism, there has been relatively little attention paid to the breakdown of the consensus and why. Quest for Inclusion brings an important missing dimension to the discussion."-- Murray Friedman, Myer and Rosaline Feinstein Center for American Jewish History, Temple University
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Appeared in Choice on 2001-09-01:
This satisfyingly revealing treatise examines assimilation and political liberalism in American Jewish life from 1933 until 1975 and the demise of the New Deal coalition. Dollinger's convincing account expertly uses primary materials from advocacy and religious organizations. American Jews contributed to the redefining of American liberalism; supported anti-Axis militancy; joined cross-sectarian affiliations defending civil liberties; acquiesced in WW II-era affronts on Japanese American rights; and advocated a position, consistent with Arthur Schlesinger's The Vital Center (1988), of fervent Cold War anticommunism conjoined with progressive domestic legislation and opposition to racial discrimination. By the 1970s, nearly solid Jewish liberalism wavered, partly due to a resurgence of ethnic identity politics and partly over group-based programs such as affirmative action. The analysis is nuanced, pointing out that in general southern Jews did not demonstrate disapproval of Jim Crow regimes and alluding to the growth of Jewish political conservatism. The influential role of often-secular Jews in US progressive radicalism and the labor movement is not covered. Nevertheless, this is an exemplary study of striking success in acculturation, differentiation, and rise to prosperity and prestige. Graduate students and faculty. R. N. Seidel emeritus, SUNY Empire State College
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For those looking for an overview of the subject,Quest for Inclusionfills the bill very well. . . . [It] will be of great interest to those studying political liberalism, ethnic groups and American politics, and ethnic acculturation.
For those looking for an overview of the subject, Quest for Inclusion fills the bill very well. . . . [It] will be of great interest to those studying political liberalism, ethnic groups and American politics, and ethnic acculturation.
"For those looking for an overview of the subject, Quest for Inclusion fills the bill very well. . . . [It] will be of great interest to those studying political liberalism, ethnic groups and American politics, and ethnic acculturation."-- Dana Kaplan, Journal of the American Academy of Religion
For those looking for an overview of the subject, Quest for Inclusion fills the bill very well. . . . [It] will be of great interest to those studying political liberalism, ethnic groups and American politics, and ethnic acculturation. -- Dana Kaplan, Journal of the American Academy of Religion
For those looking for an overview of the subject,Quest for Inclusionfills the bill very well. . . . [It] will be of great interest to those studying political liberalism, ethnic groups and American politics, and ethnic acculturation. -- Dana Kaplan, Journal of the American Academy of Religion
The book's purpose 'is threefold: to document the impressive contributions of Jewish liberals to American political culture, to define the limits of American Jewish liberalism, and to reconcile the apparent contradiction between Jewish liberal strength and its serious failures.' Well grounded in both primary and secondary sources, the book does all three well.
"The book's purpose 'is threefold: to document the impressive contributions of Jewish liberals to American political culture, to define the limits of American Jewish liberalism, and to reconcile the apparent contradiction between Jewish liberal strength and its serious failures.' Well grounded in both primary and secondary sources, the book does all three well."-- Cheryl Greenberg, The Historian
The book's purpose 'is threefold: to document the impressive contributions of Jewish liberals to American political culture, to define the limits of American Jewish liberalism, and to reconcile the apparent contradiction between Jewish liberal strength and its serious failures.' Well grounded in both primary and secondary sources, the book does all three well. -- Cheryl Greenberg, The Historian
This is an exemplary study of striking success in acculturation, differentiation, and rise to prosperity and prestige.
"This is an exemplary study of striking success in acculturation, differentiation, and rise to prosperity and prestige."-- Choice
This is an exemplary study of striking success in acculturation, differentiation, and rise to prosperity and prestige. -- Choice
By tracing the nexus between ethnic acculturation and political conviction,Quest for Inclusionaccounts for the Jewish community's many adaptations to American life, and asserts that a new understanding of its political goals and strategies must be sensitive to the dynamic nature of the American Jewish experience. While there has been much discussion about the origins and nature of Jewish liberalism, there has been relatively little attention paid to the breakdown of the consensus and why.Quest for Inclusionbrings an important missing dimension to the discussion.
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For over sixty years, Jews have ranked as the most liberal white ethnic group in American politics, figuring prominently in social reform campaigns ranging from the New Deal to the civil rights movement. Today many continue to defy stereotypes that link voting patterns to wealth. What explains this political behavior? Historians have attributed it mainly to religious beliefs, but Marc Dollinger discovered that this explanation fails to account for the entire American Jewish political experience. In this, the first synthetic treatment of Jewish liberalism and U.S. public policy from the 1930s to the mid-1970s, Dollinger identifies the drive for a more tolerant, pluralistic, and egalitarian nation with Jewish desires for inclusion in the larger non-Jewish society. The politics of acculturation, the process by which Jews championed unpopular social causes to ease their adaptation to American life, established them as the guardians of liberal America. But, according to Dollinger, it also erected barriers to Jewish liberal success. Faced with a conflict between liberal politics and their own acculturation, Jews almost always chose the latter. Few Jewish leaders, for example, condemned the wartime internment of Japanese Americans, and most southern Jews refused to join their northern co-religionists in public civil rights protests. When liberals advocated race-based affirmative action programs and busing to desegregate public schools, most Jews dissented. In chronicling the successes, limits, and failures of Jewish liberalism, Dollinger offers a nuanced yet wide-ranging political history, one intended for liberal activists, conservatives curious about the creation of neo-conservatism, and anyone interested in Jewish communal life.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
List of Abbreviationsp. xiii
Quest for Inclusionp. 2
Die Velt, Yene Velt ...: an Introductionp. 3
What Do We Owe to Peter Stuyvesant? the New Deal in the Jewish Communityp. 19
Fighting Hitler: Cultural Pluralism and American Jewish Life, 1933-1941p. 41
The Hope of Democracy and Peace": American Jews and the Campaign for Intergroup Dialogue, 1933-1941p. 61
Unless That War Be Won, All Else Is Lost: American Jews and the Home Frontp. 77
Planning the Postwar Peace: the United Nations, Zionism, and American Jewish Liberalismp. 107
The Struggle for Civil Liberties: the Cold War, Anti-Communism, and Jewish Liberal Reformp. 129
Hamans and Torquemadas: Southern and Northern Jewish Responses to the Civil Rights Movement, 1945-1965p. 164
A Different Kind of Freedom Ride: American Jews and the Struggle for Racial Equality, 1964-1975p. 191
Just Another Foreigner: an Epiloguep. 214
Notesp. 229
Indexp. 289
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