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Gentile New York: The Images of Non-Jews among Jewish Immigrants Hardcover – December 22, 2011
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"Gentile New York is well-written, strongly argued, and based on extremely thorough research in English, Yiddish, and Hebrew ... it makes an important contribution by complicating the story of American Jewish ethnic and racial liberalism, demonstrating the importance of the European background to American Jewish culture, and foregrounding Jews' relations with the others they lived with."
(Daniel Soyer, American Jewish History, April 2013)
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"In their interaction with non-Jews in New York, Jewish immigrants often reverted to the categories and archetypes known to them: jeering Irish youths or Italian strikebreakers were comfortably cast as the low-stratum Gentiles in Eastern Europe, whereas 'Yankees' were perceived as the bearers of a higher, nobler culture... [yet] many immigrants' belief in the benevolence of 'Yankees' was replaced to some extent by a withdrawal to older and more alarming images of Gentiles."
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