JUDAIC 417 - Topics in Judaic Studies
Section: 002 A History of Jews and Social Justice in the United States
Term: WN 2010
Subject: Judaic Studies (JUDAIC)
Department: LSA Judaic Studies
Waitlist Capacity:
May be elected three times for credit.
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Rackham credit requires additional work.
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American Jews have played vital roles in shaping the critical reform movements that have defined twentieth- and twentieth-first-century American society. This course will explore the striking profile of Jewish engagement in broad social movements including labor, civil rights, and feminism. In addition, it will examine how the creation of organizations meant to address particular Jewish interests propelled Jews and Jewish communities into the forefront of American municipal reform and social welfare efforts.

Even as conflicts over civil rights and support for Israel in recent decades have called American Jewish progressivism into question, Jews continue to display a liberalism that undermines conventional explanations for the political behavior of all comparable groups. How should we understand this legacy of American Jewish social and political activism? Is it a meaningful reflection of Jewish teachings and historical experience? What might it teach about the complex political, religious, class, social, and racial dynamics that have shaped the contours of American Jewish identity?

JUDAIC 417 - Topics in Judaic Studies
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
Note: Meets with Judaic 517, HJCS 491/591, and ACABS 491/591
002 (SEM)
W 4:00PM - 7:00PM
003 (LEC)
Th 11:00AM - 2:00PM
004 (SEM)
TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
Note: Meets with HJCS 491
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ISBN: 9780691058658
Troubling the waters : Black-Jewish relations in the American century, Author: Cheryl Lynn Greenberg, Publisher: Princeton Univ. Press 2006
ISBN: 9781580234146
Righteous Indignation A Jewish Call for Justice., Publisher: Jewish Lights Pub 2009
ISBN: 9780231123754
Torn at the roots : the crisis of Jewish liberalism in postwar America, Author: Michael E. Staub., Publisher: Columbia University Press 2002
ISBN: 9780807845110
Common sense & a little fire, Author: Annelise Orleck., Publisher: University of North Carolina Press 1995
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