We are Many: Reflections on American Jewish History and Identity

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Syracuse University Press, 2005 - History - 296 pages
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The topics of Edward Shapiro's book span the gamut of the American Jewish experience: from the politics of American Jews, the nature of American Jewish identity, relations between Jews and blacks, and Jews and American capitalism. He discusses writer Herman Wouk; Patrick Buchanan and the Jews; John Higham's interpretation of American anti-Semitism, Nathan Glazer's view of American Orthodoxy, and the Jewishness of Sidney Hook. reconciled their dual identities as Americans and as Jews. These solutions has shaped the way Jews have voted, prayed, earned a living, married, and chosen a profession. America, Shapiro argues, has truly been different for Jews, but this difference has shaped the history of America's Jews in unexpected and ironic ways. The fact that Jews have risen rapidly up the economic and social ladder and have become politically influential has not eliminated their insecurity and the sense they have of themselves as a marginal group.

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EDWARD S. SHAPIRO is Professor of History Emeritus at Seton Hall University. He is the author of A Time for Healing: American Jewry since World War II (1992) and Letters of Sidney Hook: Democracy, Communism, and the Cold War (1995).

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