Black Power, Jewish Politics: Reinventing the Alliance in the 1960s

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Brandeis University Press, Jun 5, 2018 - History - 272 pages
Marc Dollinger charts the transformation of American Jewish political culture from the Cold War liberal consensus of the early postwar years to the rise and influence of Black Power-inspired ethnic nationalism. He shows how, in a period best known for the rise of black antisemitism and the breakdown of the black-Jewish alliance, black nationalists enabled Jewish activists to devise a new Judeo-centered political agenda - including the emancipation of Soviet Jews, the rise of Jewish day schools, the revitalization of worship services with gender-inclusive liturgy, and the birth of a new form of American Zionism. Undermining widely held beliefs about the black-Jewish alliance, Dollinger describes a new political consensus, based on identity politics, that drew blacks and Jews together and altered the course of American liberalism.
 

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A very thorough, well-researched account of the oft-overlooked relationship between the emergent Black Power movement and the Jewish community. While many Jewish groups were at the forefront of the ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction Is It Good for the Jews? Black Power and the 1960s
1
1 Jews and Black Nationalism in the 1950s
27
2 Jews Group Status and the Great Society
47
3 American Jews and the Rise of Black Power
80
Black Power and Jewish Youth Movements
104
5 Black Power American Jews and the Soviet Jewry Movement
132
6 Black Power and American Zionism
150
Epilogue
173
Abbreviations
193
Notes
195
Bibliography
225
Index
231
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MARC DOLLINGER is the author of Quest for Inclusion: Jews and Liberalism in Modern America, and co-editor of California Jews and American Jewish History: A Primary Source Reader. He holds the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Chair in Jewish Studies and Social Responsibility at San Francisco State University.

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