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5.0 out of 5 stars Focuses on Jewish participation in American history
Jews have long tried to entwine their fate and fortunes with the U.S. and this history of the Jews in this country begins in 1654 with the first wave of Jewish immigrants and continues to modern times. In The Jews Of The United States, 1654 To 2000 (the newest title in the outstanding "Jewish Communities in the Modern World" series from the University of California Press)...
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1.0 out of 5 stars Repetitive and poorly edited writing style.
It seems clear that much research went into this book, unfortunately with very little visible editing. There is much tedious repetition of the same point. Extraneous information peeks out at us without elaboration. It is true that New York emerged as the center of American publishing, but why tantalize the reader with this fact by means of a single sentence in the midst...
Published on September 1, 2005 by Maryland Reader


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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Focuses on Jewish participation in American history, January 4, 2005
Jews have long tried to entwine their fate and fortunes with the U.S. and this history of the Jews in this country begins in 1654 with the first wave of Jewish immigrants and continues to modern times. In The Jews Of The United States, 1654 To 2000 (the newest title in the outstanding "Jewish Communities in the Modern World" series from the University of California Press) Hasia Diner focuses on Jewish participation in and contributions to American history and politics, considers the blends of Jewish and American culture which have resulted from centuries of assimilation, and analyzes the structure of modern Jewish communities and institutions. An excellent, comprehensive history for any college-level Jewish studies collection.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Repetitive and poorly edited writing style., September 1, 2005
It seems clear that much research went into this book, unfortunately with very little visible editing. There is much tedious repetition of the same point. Extraneous information peeks out at us without elaboration. It is true that New York emerged as the center of American publishing, but why tantalize the reader with this fact by means of a single sentence in the midst of several pages about the garment industry. The treatment of the 1911 Triangle fire is far too minimal, and suggests, erroneously, that this was a solely Jewish experience. This is most emphatically not the case, either in terms of the victims or the long term political consequences both for Jews and the Democratic party.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting Run Through Jewish History in America, September 1, 2007
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Hasia Diner does a great job at depicting what jewish life was like in the USA through the years. She describes how many came over in the 17th century, and how Governor Oglethorpe of Georgia felt that they could contribute to the well being of the colonies.

We read of the early antipathy some colonists had toward the Jewish people, but also how early Jewish activists secured basic rights for the Jews in places like Maryland (Pennsylvania was a spot where Jewish people were not always welcome).

We learn of how early Jewish synagogue communities survived without rabbis. We see Jewish people congregating in the larger cities, opening fruit and vegetable stands, and (especially) garment shops. These garment shops thrived during the Civil War when union army uniforms needed to be provided.

We also read of the origins of groups like the American Jewish Congress and Bnai Brith and the Anti-Defamation League. You will also learn about the early 20th centur distrust of Jewish people, how businessmen such as Henry Ford feared that educated and wise Jewish people would take over the country.

Many Jewish people took Gentile names at this time so that they would not be denied opportunities for work. You also read of how American Jewry was shocked and appalled at the Holocaust and how they called on FDR to intervene.

You will also discover the origins of the three major streams of American Judaism (Reform, Conservative, and Orthodox).

Hasia Diner also considers the year 2000 to be particularly significant in that a practicing Jewish person nearly became the Vice-President of the United States.

I thought the book was great. It was easy to read, and it held my attention. I also was surprised about how many entertainers and musicians and songwriters and producers are Jewish (George Gershwin, Irving Berlin, the Warner brothers, etc).

Rev. Marc Axelrod
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5.0 out of 5 stars Purchased as a gift. I had originally taken a copy out of the library and read it myself., February 16, 2014
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Would be of most interest to Jews living in the United States. Very interesting and very readable, so that it doesn't read like a text book. I had first read another history of Jews in the United States that I found much too detailed and tedious (American Judaism, by Jonathan Sarna). This history by Hasia Diner was much more interesting and readable than the other book. Reads almost likes novel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Full of Information and Fun to Read, December 28, 2012
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This is a great survey of Jewish history in the United States. Professor Diner has the knack for writing factual information in a lively, engaging manner. It's not "novelized" in any way, but the stories come alive just as in a well-written novel. Highly Recommended.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Diner review, February 12, 2008
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Diner does a very nice job in this work. No heavy stuff, just a very good read about the history of the Jews coming to America and how they made their way in this new land. Very sensitive to this group of people, but also very lively and exciting. Demonstrates how the Jews wanted to assimilate and become true "Americans."
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5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to read, very simple book and was cheap., October 5, 2013
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This book was priced so low I couldn't believe it, some students in my class bought this book for like $24 and i bought this book for $6.50 if i remember correctly.
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The Jews of the United States, 1654-2000 by Hasia R. Diner (Paperback - May 30, 2006)
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