The Spectrum of Jewish Leadership in Ante-Bellum America

By Jonathan D. Sarna

Wexner Foundation, February 1999

Students of American ethnic leadership have three basic conceptual models within which they organize their data: source of authority; conscious leadership strategy; and leadership function. The model proposed in this essay seeks to position a "spectrum of leadership" rather than just another series of categories. On a spectrum, leaders can be placed in relationship to one another and change over time can be graphed. To test this model, the author examines ethnic leadership in America's ante-bellum Jewish community.

Topic: History, Leadership, Community Building, Assimilation

Name of Publication: The Wexner Heritage Foundation Leadership Library

Editor: Kerry Olitzky

Volume/Issue: Vol.1/no.2

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Genre: Report

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Sarna, Jonathan D. The Spectrum of Jewish Leadership in Ante-Bellum America. The Wexner Heritage Foundation Leadership Library. Wexner Foundation. February 1999:


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