Jewish Americans and Political Participation: A Reference Handbook

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ABC-CLIO, 2002 - History - 371 pages
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"Jewish Americans and Political Participation" explores the rise of the Jewish people from hardscrabble immigrants to the highest echelons of political power. The book provides an overview of American Jewish life, including the impact of immigration, domestic antisemitism, the Holocaust, and U.S-Israel relations. A chapter is devoted to protest politics, covering such events as President Grant's Order #11 (expulsion edict), tenants and shirtwaist-makers strikes, the 1943 rabbis march on Washington, and Jewish responses to the Rosenberg case.

The book also covers participation in social movements such as abolition, Jewish defense organizations, and the New Left. A chapter is devoted to Jewish participation in electoral politics, from Jewish interest in early socialism to Jewish advisers and the emergence of Jewish conservatism. There are also biographies of Jewish American officials and political officeholders.

  

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Contents

Overview
1
Protest Politics
73
The Jewish Vote
181
The Jewish Lobby
211
Jews in Office
267
Documents
319
Democratic and Republican Party Platforms
326
Index
355
About the Author
371
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Medoff is Visiting Scholar in the Jewish Studies Program at the State University of New York, Purchase College.

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