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Susan A Glenn
HSTAA 522
Seattle Campus

American History: Writings and Interpretations Since 1870

Class description

In the Spring of 2007 this course will focus on Jews, Race, and Ethnicity. Where do Jews fit on America's multicultural map? How have Jews been seen and how have they viewed themselves in relationship to mainstream American society and in terms of the complex racial and ethnic rubrics of twentieth century America? How can we explain the particular the paradox of the "insider/outsider" phenomenon that has characterized American Jewish life in the twentieth century? Readings for this course include the following: Matthew Frye Jacobson, Whiteness of a Different Color Neil Baldwin, Henry Ford and the Jews Stuart Svonkin, Jews Against Prejudice Alexander Bloom, Prodigal Sons Judith Smith, Visions of Belonging Andrew Heinze, Jews and the American Soul Michael Staub, Torn at the Roots Eric Sundquist, Strangers in the Land

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

Open only to graduate students. Graduate students from outside the history department are welcome to enroll.

Class assignments and grading

Students will write several short essays and will be expected to participate in weekly discussions.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Susan A Glenn
Date: 01/19/2007