- Age Range: 12 - 17 years
- Grade Level: 7 - 12
- Hardcover: 192 pages
- Publisher: The Jewish Publication Society; First Edition edition (April 17, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780827607484
- ISBN-13: 978-0827607484
- ASIN: 0827607482
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.6 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,614,245 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Forged in Freedom: Shaping the Jewish-American Experience Hardcover – April 17, 2002
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Gr. 6-12. In an easy, open style and spacious design with lots of black-and-white photos, this history celebrates the role of Jews in the U.S., their personal stories and national influence in helping to define American culture. From the beginning, Finkelstein relates the particulars of the Jewish experience to the universals of immigration, especially the struggle between assimilation and identity across generations. Short profiles of the famous--from Emma Goldman to Irving Berlin and Joseph Lieberman--are woven into the narrative. Finklestein doesn't ignore the negatives: there are harrowing accounts of anti-Semitism, including diatribes from Henry Ford and Charles Lindbergh, and a section about the lynching of Leo Frank, as well as stories of Jews who denied their own identity so as "not to draw attention." Of course, everyone will find something to argue with here, but this close-up view presents diversity and controversy in many forms, whether it's about religion, intermarriage, education, the role of women, or Zionism. A time line, chapter notes, and a short bibliography are appended. Hazel Rochman
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An excellent read for anyone wanting to know about key, unknown events.