Political, social, economic, religious history of American Jewish community from great eastern European migration to present. Integration of immigrant community into general American community; rise of nativism; development of American socialism; World War I and II; and reactions of American Jews to these events. Offered: jointly with JSIS C 336.
From Wall Street to Hollywood, American Jews helped shape the history of the United States of America. But how did this immigrant group manage to move from the margins to the mainstream of American life? What does this group’s experience teach us about the evolution of religious, ethnic, and racial conceptions in this country? In what ways does American Jewish history shed light on ongoing questions about the role of immigration and the place of immigrants in defining what it means to be an American? This course addresses these questions through the careful examination of primary sources. In addition, students will have the opportunity to engage in service learning projects to consider the relationship between the historical immigration experience and contemporary realities. Students can receive “W”credit for this course.
Student learning goals
Key developments in American Jewish history
Appreciate the complex process of acculturation
Explore identity categories and how they change over time
General method of instruction
This course combines lecture, discussion, and service learning.
No background required
Class assignments and grading
Grades will be based on short essay assignments and a final paper