Jews Were Ethnics Before They Came to America

By Pamela S. Nadell

March 1, 2016

In the "The Problem with Jewish Museums" Wall Street Journal cultural critic Edward Rothstein throws down the gauntlet to those of us who have played any role, small or large, in creating Jewish museums.1 Here he writes about "identity museums," also called ethno-heritage museums or, colloquially, "hyphenated museums." They recount the histories of American ethnic groups, like Norwegian Americans, Polish Americans, and, in an odd merger of very different peoples, Asian-Americans. Rothstein argues that all have the same overarching narrative. Since, unfortunately, I have not seen even one of the museums he mentions, I rely on his analysis...

Topic: Museums and Exhibitions, Education

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Genre: Essay

Coverage: North America

Language: English

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