The American Jewish Experience in the Twentieth Century: Antisemitism and Assimilation

By Jonathan D. Sarna, Jonathan Golden

National Humanities Center, 2000

In this piece, the authors present a history of Americans Jews in the 20th century. The authors begin by documenting the large scale immigration of Jews at the turn of century; many of which came from Eastern Europe. The authors move through the involvement of Jews in the first World War and through the coalescing of the American Jewry into a discernible group as anti-Semitism began to rise. The authors continue through World War II and the creation of the State of Israel which served as major events in American Jewish life and philanthropy. The authors affirm that as the 20th century came to the close, the American Jewish community came to a crossroads where issues of the past did not unite Jews in the same way. The piece concludes with some curriculum questions about multiculturalism and references to other pieces which elaborate on anti-Semitism.

Topic: History, Antisemitism, Assimilation

Genre: Report

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Sarna, Jonathan D. Golden, Jonathan. The American Jewish Experience in the Twentieth Century: Antisemitism and Assimilation. National Humanities Center. 2000: http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=4066


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