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Jews in Christian America [electronic resource] : the pursuit of religious equality /
Naomi W. Cohen.
imprint
New York : Oxford University Press, 1992.
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viii, 300 p.
ISBN
0195065379 (Cloth)
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imprint
New York : Oxford University Press, 1992.
isbn
0195065379 (Cloth)
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Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
general note
Title from e-book title screen (viewed October 16, 2007).
catalogue key
7372481
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 247-291) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1993-04:
Cohen investigates the Jewish "pursuit of religious equality" in the US. After considering Jewish self-definition and Jewish responses to the events of the 17th and 18th centuries, the author examines the methods Jews used to attain equality in 19th- and 20th-century America. Until WW II American Jewish leaders sought equality indirectly, through demands for separation of church and state. As a consequence of various stimuli, postwar American Jewery became more confident and assertive, cognizant of the urgency of establishing Jewish security. Engaging more actively in the legal and constitutional spheres, they began to seek cooperation of non-Jewish groups to support their separationist stance. After court victories in the 1960s, Jewish leaders felt sufficiently secure to demand religious freedom for Jews and non-Jews alike. Venturing to modify American constitutional principles to suit their own aspirations for religious and social equality, Jewish leaders argued that the conduct of American Christians was less reflective of American ideals. This is a well-written and thoroughly documented book, and it has much to contribute not only to Jewish studies in America but to 19th- and 20th-century American history and minority studies in the US. M. F. Nefsky; University of Lethbridge
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Review Quotes
"A first-rate study that deserves a careful reading by all who are interested in the subtle ways American life has favored Protestantism and in the multifaceted struggle to translate the ideal of religious equality from theory into practice."--History: Reviews of New Books
"A first-rate study that deserves a careful reading by all who areinterested in the subtle ways American life has favored Protestantism and in themultifaceted struggle to translate the ideal of religious equality from theoryinto practice."--History: Reviews of New Books
"All who are concerned with the identity-constructing role church-state issues play in American Jewish life will want to consult this important text."--Jewish Political Studies Review
"A well-written and thoroughly documented book, and it has much to contribute not only to Jewish studies in America but to 19th- and 20th-century American history and minority studies in the US."--Choice
"A well-written and thoroughly documented book, and it has much tocontribute not only to Jewish studies in America but to 19th- and 20th-centuryAmerican history and minority studies in the US."--Choice
"Cohen's unearthing of previously unused archival sources and skillful rendering of the historical nexus and language in which cases were argued makes the work outstanding."--The American Journal of Legal History
"Cohen's unearthing of previously unused archival sources and skillfulrendering of the historical nexus and language in which cases were argued makesthe work outstanding."--The American Journal of Legal History
"In the end this book stands on its own. It finally gives American Jewish historiography a picture of its varied legal and institutional response to being 'strangers in the land'. In a host nation that above all else reveres the law, that story is indispensable for understanding the AmericanJewish experience."--American Historical Review
"In the end this book stands on its own. It finally gives American Jewishhistoriography a picture of its varied legal and institutional response to being'strangers in the land'. In a host nation that above all else reveres the law,that story is indispensable for understanding the American Jewishexperience."--American Historical Review
"In this meticulously documented work, Naomi W. Cohen provides much relevant information on the varied attitudes and roles of Jews in America's turmoiled search for genuine religious freedom from colonial times to the mid-1960s, largely through a careful historical examination andinterpretation of vast and complex archival and periodical sources. Her work is a brilliant and distinctive contribution, valuable not only for those concerned with the history of church-state, religion-government, and interfaith relations in America, but also for those seeking a fullerunderstanding in depth of many controversial issues now before Supreme, state, and local courts."--Robert T. Handy, Union Theological Seminary
"In this meticulously documented work, Naomi W. Cohen provides muchrelevant information on the varied attitudes and roles of Jews in America'sturmoiled search for genuine religious freedom from colonial times to themid-1960s, largely through a careful historical examination and interpretationof vast and complex archival and periodical sources. Her work is a brilliantand distinctive contribution, valuable not only for those concerned with thehistory of church-state, religion-government, and interfaith relations inAmerica, but also for those seeking a fuller understanding in depth of manycontroversial issues now before Supreme, state, and local courts."--Robert T.Handy, Union Theological Seminary
"Jews in Christian America is an exceptionally important, well-researched, and well-written book that will make a valuable contribution to American Jewish history and to the study of American religion generally."--Jonathan Sarna, Brandeis University
"Jews in Christian America is an exceptionally important, well-researched,and well-written book that will make a valuable contribution to American Jewishhistory and to the study of American religion generally."--Jonathan Sarna,Brandeis University
"Meticulously researched....the standard historical study of the Jewish quest for religious freedom and equality in Christian America."--First Things
"Meticulously researched....the standard historical study of the Jewishquest for religious freedom and equality in Christian America."--FirstThings
"Naomi Cohen, the premier historian of American Jewish history today, once again displays her talent and ability to synthesize an aspect of American Jewish history in a new way. She is the first historian to deal with the full scope of how American Jews dealt with the Christian state fromcolonial days to the present."--Leonard Dinnerstein, University of Arizona
"Naomi Cohen, the premier historian of American Jewish history today, onceagain displays her talent and ability to synthesize an aspect of American Jewishhistory in a new way. She is the first historian to deal with the full scope ofhow American Jews dealt with the Christian state from colonial days to thepresent."--Leonard Dinnerstein, University of Arizona
"Once again, Naomi Cohen has astutely explored the American Jewish historical experience. Jews in Christian America is a comprehensive analysis of the enduring tension between religious identity and civic obligation."--Jerold Auerbach, Wellesley College
"Once again, Naomi Cohen has astutely explored the American Jewishhistorical experience. Jews in Christian America is a comprehensive analysis ofthe enduring tension between religious identity and civic obligation."--JeroldAuerbach, Wellesley College
"In the end this book stands on its own. It finally gives American Jewish historiography a picture of its varied legal and institutional response to being 'strangers in the land'. In a host nation that above all else reveres the law, that story is indispensable for understanding the American Jewish experience."--American Historical Review"A first-rate study that deserves a careful reading by all who are interested in the subtle ways American life has favored Protestantism and in the multifaceted struggle to translate the ideal of religious equality from theory into practice."--History: Reviews of New Books"A well-written and thoroughly documented book, and it has much to contribute not only to Jewish studies in America but to 19th- and 20th-century American history and minority studies in the US."--Choice"In this meticulously documented work, Naomi W. Cohen provides much relevant information on the varied attitudes and roles of Jews in America's turmoiled search for genuine religious freedom from colonial times to the mid-1960s, largely through a careful historical examination and interpretation of vast and complex archival and periodical sources. Her work is a brilliant and distinctive contribution, valuable not only for those concerned with the history ofchurch-state, religion-government, and interfaith relations in America, but also for those seeking a fuller understanding in depth of many controversial issues now before Supreme, state, and local courts."--Robert T. Handy, Union Theological Seminary"Jews in Christian America is an exceptionally important, well-researched, and well-written book that will make a valuable contribution to American Jewish history and to the study of American religion generally."--Jonathan Sarna, Brandeis University"Once again, Naomi Cohen has astutely explored the American Jewish historical experience. Jews in Christian America is a comprehensive analysis of the enduring tension between religious identity and civic obligation."--Jerold Auerbach, Wellesley College"Naomi Cohen, the premier historian of American Jewish history today, once again displays her talent and ability to synthesize an aspect of American Jewish history in a new way. She is the first historian to deal with the full scope of how American Jews dealt with the Christian state from colonial days to the present."--Leonard Dinnerstein, University of Arizona"All who are concerned with the identity-constructing role church-state issues play in American Jewish life will want to consult this important text."--Jewish Political Studies Review"Meticulously researched....the standard historical study of the Jewish quest for religious freedom and equality in Christian America."--First Things"Cohen's unearthing of previously unused archival sources and skillful rendering of the historical nexus and language in which cases were argued makes the work outstanding."--The American Journal of Legal History"Cohen's investigation is especially valuable....An excellent book."--Review in American History
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Summaries
Long Description
Separation of church and state has become a veritable creed in the American Jewish community. Focusing on the way in which Jewish actions have contributed to the development of separation, this book examines how American Jews have contended with living in a fundamentally Christian state. In the first part, Cohen covers this history hronologically from colonial times to the Second World War. Throughout this period, Jewish community leaders focused on legislation and judicial opinions that in any way bespoke established Christianity. They were principally concerned with test oaths, Sunday laws, religion in public schools, and Christianity in federal treaties--issues that in one form or another have lasted well into the twentieth century. Dealing with the period after World War II, the second part of the book consists of an in-depth analysis of Jewish participation in, and responses to, litigation on such issues as released time, prayer and bible readings in public schools, Sunday laws, and religious decorations in public places. Cohen also considers how separationism evoked differences of opinion among Jews and how it affected Jewish-Christian relations.
Long Description
This book examines how American Jews from colonial times to the present have contended with living in a fundamentally Christian state. Separation of church and state has become a veritable creed in the American Jewish community, and the focus of the work is the way in which Jewish actions have contributed to the development of this separation in the US.
Main Description
Separation of church and state has become a veritable creed in the American Jewish community. Focusing on the way in which Jewish actions have contributed to the development of separation, this book examines how American Jews have contended with living in a fundamentally Christian state. Inthe first part, Cohen covers this history hronologically from colonial times to the Second World War. Throughout this period, Jewish community leaders focused on legislation and judicial opinions that in any way bespoke established Christianity. They were principally concerned with test oaths,Sunday laws, religion in public schools, and Christianity in federal treaties--issues that in one form or another have lasted well into the twentieth century. Dealing with the period after World War II, the second part of the book consists of an in-depth analysis of Jewish participation in, andresponses to, litigation on such issues as released time, prayer and bible readings in public schools, Sunday laws, and religious decorations in public places. Cohen also considers how separationism evoked differences of opinion among Jews and how it affected Jewish-Christian relations.
Table of Contents
Introductionp. 3
From Toleration to Freedomp. 11
Separationism Takes Rootp. 37
The Christian Agendap. 65
Separationism Is Moderatedp. 93
Overview: 1945-1965p. 123
Tests of Released Timep. 131
The Case of the Innocuous Prayerp. 159
Scripture in the Schoolsp. 187
Sabbaths and Symbolsp. 214
Afterwordp. 240
Notesp. 247
Indexp. 293
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