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Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (November 2, 1995)
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Is antisemitism at the upward thrust in the US? Did the "hymietown" remark via Jesse Jackson and the Crown Heights insurrection sign a resurgence of antisemitism between blacks? The dazzling solution to either questions, in response to Leonard Dinnerstein, is no--Jews have by no means been extra at domestic in the US. yet what we're seeing this day, he writes, are the well-publicized result of an extended culture of prejudice, suspicion, and hatred opposed to Jews--the direct fabricated from the Christian teachings underlying a lot of America's nationwide historical past. In Antisemitism in the US, Leonard Dinnerstein offers a landmark work--the first complete historical past of prejudice opposed to Jews within the usa, from colonial occasions to the current. His richly documented ebook lines American antisemitism from its roots within the sunrise of the Christian period and arrival of the 1st eu settlers, to its height in the course of international battle II and its modern-day permutations--with separate chapters on antisemititsm within the South and between African-Americans, exhibiting that prejudice between either whites and blacks flowed from an identical circulate of Southern evangelical Christianity. He exhibits, for instance, that non-Christians have been excluded from vote casting (in Rhode Island until eventually 1842, North Carolina till 1868, and in New Hampshire until eventually 1877), and demonstrates how the Civil battle introduced a brand new wave of antisemitism as either side assumed that Jews supported with the enemy. We see how the many years that marked the emergence of a full-fledged antisemitic society, as Christian american citizens excluded Jews from their social circles, and the way antisemetic fervor climbed greater after the flip of the century, speeded up by means of eugenicists, worry of Bolshevism, the courses of Henry Ford, and the melancholy. Dinnerstein is going directly to clarify that earlier than our access into international conflict II, antisemitism reached a climax, as Father Coughlin attacked Jews over the airwaves (with the aid of a lot of the Catholic clergy) and Charles Lindbergh brought an overtly antisemitic speech to an isolationist assembly. After the struggle, Dinnerstein tells us, with clean financial possibilities and elevated actions by way of civil rights advocates, antisemititsm went into sharp decline--though it usually seemed in shockingly excessive areas, together with statements via Nixon and his Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of employees. "It also needs to be emphasized," Dinnerstein writes, "that in no Christian kingdom has antisemitism been weaker than it's been within the United States," with its traditions of tolerance, range, and a mundane nationwide govt. This publication, despite the fact that, finds in nerve-racking element the resilience, and vehemence, of this gruesome prejudice. Penetrating, authoritative, and regularly alarming, this can be the definitive account of a scourge that refuses to depart.