History | American Jewish History
H259 | 2637 | Katz

TR 11:15A-12:30P  SB150

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 its
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.