First Facts in American Jewish History: From 1492 to the Present

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Jason Aronson, Jan 1, 1996 - Social Science - 398 pages
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"Where was the first Jewish settlement in North America? What book featured the first American Jewish heroine of fiction? Where was the first matzo factory? Who pioneered ready-made clothing for children? Who was the first American Jew to give his life for the State of Israel? Who was the first Jewish astronaut? Discover these and more than 100 other "firsts" in First Facts in American Jewish History: From 1492 to the Present." "Each short, self-contained chapter of this meticulously researched volume provides a unique look at the American Jewish experience. Arranged in approximate chronological order are first times, first places, first institutions, first people, and first things. Find out that the first man in Columbus' crew to step ashore in the New World was of Jewish origin, that it was a Jew, Nathan Straus, who first brought pasteurized milk to America, and that the first blue jeans were made by a Jew. Learn about Jews who changed the face of American society - labor leader Samuel Gompers, who built up the American Federation of Labor; Louis D. Brandeis, the first Jewish Supreme Court justice, who wove the norms of social justice into the fabric of American law; and George Gershwin and Irving Berlin, who modernized American music." "Explore how Jews have been integral in the growth and development of many aspects of American economic, political, cultural, and social lives. They pioneered the department store, the clothing industry, show business, motion pictures, science, and health care. The role of the American Jewish community in helping to establish the State of Israel is also examined."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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Contents

The First Jew in America
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The First Jewish Settler in New Amsterdam
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The First Chair of Hebrew at an American College
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About the author (1996)

Tina Levitan is one of the few American authors with books published in both Hebrew and English. Born in Boston, she received her early education there, attending the Boston Hebrew College Prozdor (High School), and was later graduated from Hunter College and the Herzliah Hebrew Teachers Seminary in New York. A trailblazer in a field where few women are encountered, she is the author of The Laureates: Jewish Winners of the Nobel Prize, Islands of Compassion: A History of the Jewish Hospitals of New York, the two volume Beolam Hechadash, written entirely in Hebrew, Jews in American Life: From 1492 to the Space Age, and Viewpoints on Science and Judaism. She lectures frequently, and has had over 450 articles and reviews on American Jewish history and Jewish life published in scholarly and popular Jewish journals. Ms. Levitan lives in New York City.

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