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Jazz Age Jews

Author: Michael Alexander
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©2001.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"By the 1920s, Jews were - by all economic, political, and cultural measures of the day - making it in America. But as these children of immigrants took their places in American society, many deliberately identified with groups that remained excluded. Despite their success, Jews embraced resistance more than acculturation, preferring marginal status to assimilation." "The stories of Al Jolson, Felix Frankfurter, and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Arnold Rothstein; Felix Frankfurter; Al Jolson; Arnold Rothstein
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Alexander
ISBN: 0691086796 9780691086798
OCLC Number: 46812046
Description: viii, 239 p., [12] p. of plates ; 25 cm.
Contents: Interlude: Jazz Age Economics --
"Biznez Iz Biznez": The Arnold Rothstein Story --
Arnold Rothstein --
Gambling in the Time of Rothstein's Youth --
The Rise of Rothstein --
Financial Crime --
The Black Sox and the Jews --
The Jews React --
Interlude: Jazz Age Politics --
Frankfurther among the Anarchists: "The Case of Sacco and Vanzetti" --
Felix Frankfurter --
The Young Progressive --
Zion and Cambridge --
Sacco and Vanzetti --
Aftermath --
Interlude: Jazz Age Culture --
"Mammy, Don't You Know Me?": Al Jolson and the Jews --
Al Jolson --
Asa Yoelson Discovers the Theater --
Jewish Minstrelsy Emerges --
Blackface Arrives on Broadway --
The Jews on Tin Pan Alley --
The Jazz Singer --
Conclusion: Jazz Age Jews.
Responsibility: Michael Alexander.
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This account complicates the history of immigrants in America by challenging charges that anti-Semitism exclusively or even mostly explains Jews' feelings of marginality. It calls for a rethinking of  Read more...

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""Jazz Age Jews" is an accessible and informative contribution to the ongoing dialogue about American Jewish acculturation in the early part of the twentieth century."--Andrea Most, "American Jewish Read more...

 
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