HIST210: American Jewish History

History 210:  American Jewish History, 1492-2001   

Prof. Ron Schatz,  Mon. & Wed. 2:40-4 p.m.

This course considers the successive waves of Jewish immigrants who have come to colonies in North America and the United States, how they and their descendants have fared, and their role in the larger society.  Among the issues we’ll look at are these: the reasons for migration; philo-Semitic and anti-Semitic of Gentiles; where Jews settled, why, and their role in the economy; the rise of Reform Judaism and the Orthodox response; cultural clashes between German and East European Jews;  participation in political movements, including socialism, Zionism, civil rights, feminism, and neo-conservatism; responses to Czarist Russia, the Balfour Declaration, Nazi Germany, and Israel; distinctive cultural contributions to genres ranging from music and novels to sports, comics, and film; and changing family and social practices.