A History of the Jews in America

11 Nov

A History of the Jews in America

A History of the Jews in America

Language: English

Pages: 1072

ISBN: 0679745300

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Spanning 350 years of Jewish experience in this country, A History of the Jews in America is an essential chronicle by the author of The Course of Modern Jewish History.

With impressive scholarship and a riveting sense of detail, Howard M. Sachar tells the stories of Spanish marranos and Russian refugees, of aristocrats and threadbare social revolutionaries, of philanthropists and Hollywood moguls. At the same time, he elucidates the grand themes of the Jewish encounter with America, from the bigotry of a Christian majority to the tensions among Jews of different origins and beliefs, and from the struggle for acceptance to the ambivalence of assimilation.















Contributing $100,000 of his own funds, Lasker also took a year’s leave from his business and hired investigators to seek out new evidence for the defense. At the same time, even as Marshall had feared, the strident pro-Frank editorializing of Northern newspapers drew unwonted attention to his efforts. In Georgia, reports circulated that Jewish “big money” had flooded into the state to “buy up” the courts and key political figures. Resentment mounted throughout much of the rural South.

good consciences by writing checks to anti-Fascist fronts. Moreover, the social factor in its own way operated as decisively in Hollywood as it did among the forlorn ghetto youngsters of City College. In golden southern California, a society without roots, peopled by orphans from urban centers and by European refugees, the left wing offered a family of sorts. Its attitude toward women also seemed more enlightened than that of other sectors of Hollywood life. By the late 1930s, the politics of

popular literature further embellished the stereotype. The Judas play, a standard offering in Western towns, presented as stock figures the opéra-bouffe Jew peddler or grotesque Shylock. There was little ideological fervor in these portrayals. Nevertheless, in the hands of mass-market writers, the money-obsessed Jew became a literary cliché of the early nineteenth century. In 1844 a wildly popular novel, George Lippard’s The Monks of Monk Hall, began its ten-part serialization in the Saturday

members—by then, not even Silver, Neumann and the maximalists—failed to grasp that the UNSCOP document at long last offered the Jews their indispensable desideratum of sovereignty, with its corollary of free immigration. Hardly less significant to them was Soviet endorsement of the majority plan. From Moscow’s viewpoint, apparently, the establishment of a modern Jewish state, imbued with a fiery nationalist spirit, was likelier than a backward Arab regime to eradicate British influence in the

destined to become the heiress of the New York Times, had married Arthur Hays Sulzberger, who assumed the mantle of publisher upon the death of his father-in-law in 1935. The dynasty continued upon Sulzberger’s death with the succession first of his son-in-law, Orville Dryfoos, then, upon Dryfoos’s death, of the Sulzberger son, Arthur Ochs (“Punch”) Sulzberger. The Washington Post was a struggling Southern journal until it was purchased soon after World War I by Eugene Meyer, scion of a

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