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Jewish Americans and Political Participation

A Reference Handbook

Jewish Americans and Political Participation by Rafael Medoff
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How the Jewish American community emerged from obscurity to play a role in behind-the-scenes power politics and finally appeared center stage. The Jewish experience in the American political arena is one of community, passion, and persistence. Its pre-Revolutionary beginnings were followed by waves of immigration that often sparked anti-Semitic outbursts. Yet perseverance led to domestic and foreign policy successes, such as U.S.Israel relations, and culminated in a vice-presidential candidate named Joseph Lieberman. Jewish Americans and Political Participation explores the rise of Jewish people from hardscrabble immigrant origins to the highest echelons of political power. The book first provides an overview of American Jewish life, including the impact of immigration, religious attitudes, domestic anti-Semitism, the Holocaust, the struggle for a Jewish state, and U.Slsrael relations. A chapter is devoted to protest politics, covering such events as President Grant's Order no.11 (expulsion edict), tenants and shirtwaist makers strikes, the 1943 rabbis' march on Washington, Jewish responses to the Rosenberg case, the movement to free Soviet Jews, and more.

The book also covers participation in social movements: abolitionism, settlement houses, Jewish defense organizations, and the New Left. Another chapter is devoted to Jewish participation in electoral politics, from Jewish interest in early socialism to Jewish advisers to presidents, and the emergence of Jewish conservatism. There are also biographies of Jewish officials and political officeholders.

ABC-CLIO; June 2003
388 pages; ISBN 9781576072936
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Title: Jewish Americans and Political Participation
Author: Rafael Medoff