Our Gang: Jewish Crime and the New York Jewish Community, 1900-1940

Front Cover
Indiana University Press, 1983 - Religion - 209 pages

Our Gang provides a fascinating historical portrait of the Jewish criminal world from the era of mass immigration through Prohibition and beyond. Jenna Weissman Joselit traces the origins, nature, patterns, location, and impact of Jewish crime from the early years, when it was inextricably bound up with the East Side community as a whole, with criminals living among the more or less law-abiding citizens they preyed upon, to the post-World War I period and the gradual assimilation and absorption of Jewish crime into the mainstream of the American underworld.

Parallel with this theme is a broader one: the New York Jewish community's reaction to Jewish crime, evolving from disbelief to denial to concern and the establishment of a network of correctional and preventive agencies, and finally--as the nature of Jewish crime changed, and as the community itself felt a growing sense of security--a sort of acceptance.

 

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

Contents

The Hawthorne School
14
Habitat of the Underworld
23
The Bingham
54
Jews and Prohibition
85
Jews and Racketeering
106
Arnold Rothstein
140
The Inter
157
Appendix
173
Index
202
Copyright

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (1983)

Jenna Wiessman Joselit is currently visiting professor of American Studies at Princeton University. The author of numerous publications in cultural history, including "The Wonders of America: Reinventing Jewish Culture 1880-1950" (winner of the Jewish book Award in History). Joselit has also curated & consulted on more than 30 exhibitions throughout the country. She lives in New York City.

Bibliographic information