History | H259 2725 American Jewish History 11:15A-12:30P TR BH310 Katz
H259 | 2725 | Katz I


Above section carries culture studies credit

Jewish life in North America started in 1654; today the United States
contains more Jews than any other country.  This course introduces students
to the development of the American Jewish community, from it's colonial
beginnings to the present, emphasizing such topics as: the five discernible
waves of Jewish immigration; patterns of Jewish settlement and economic
activities; communal ties and philanthropic organizations; diversity within
Jewish religious affiliation; the impact of Yiddish on  Jewish and American
culture; American Jewish reactions to the Holocaust; the nature of American
anti-Semitism; Jews and the American political system; and American Zionism
and the issue of Israel.

There are no prerequisites for this course, and students need not have taken
History H251-H252 or History H105-H106.  Required  reading Jonathan D.
Sarna, ed., The American Jewish Experience and possibly one other book.  Two
documentary films will be shown, and there will be a midterm and final essay
examination.