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United States Jewry, 1776-1985

Volume 1

Jacob Rader Marcus

History, Jewish Studies

Published: February 2018
ISBN: 9780814344699
Pages: 852 Size: 6 x 9
Illustrations: 47 b&w photos
Published: February 2018
ISBN: 9780814344682

In United States Jewry, 1776–1985, the dean of American Jewish historians, Jacob Rader Marcus, unfolds the history of Jewish immigration, segregation, and integration; of Jewry’s cultural exclusiveness and assimilation; of its internal division and indivisible unity; and of its role in the making of America. Characterized by Marcus’s impeccable scholarship, meticulous documentation, and readable style, this landmark four-volume set completes the history Marcus began in The Colonial American Jew, 1492–1776.

Volume I focuses on the American revolution and the early national period, from 1776 to 1840. Marcus examines the role played by Jews in the revolution and discusses important historical and social themes such as politics, commerce, religion, Jewish and American culture, anti-Jewish prejudices, and the phenomenon of assimilation.

Jacob Rader Marcus (1896–1995) was a scholar of Jewish history and a Reform rabbi.