HISTORY 497 - History Colloquium
Section: 003 From Ghetto to Suburb
Term: FA 2019
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of department.
Advisory Prerequisites:
May be repeated for a maximum of 8 credit(s).
Undergrad and Grad
Meet Together Classes:
Primary Instructor:

What do Venice, New York, and Chicago have in common? All were described as possessing ghettos where Jews lived. And what do Berlin, Detroit, Los Angeles, and Miami have in common? All were considered new cities for Jews, places where Jews left the ghetto behind. This course looks at these European and American cities to examine how the ghetto got its name and its reputation as a quintessentially Jewish urban space and then how the ghetto lost its Jewish associations as Jews moved to new cities and new neighborhoods. Given these changes, how should we understand Nazi ghettos and African American ghettos? Some of these cities and neighborhoods possessed low density suburban attributes; others retained high density but nonetheless seemed a different, distant world from the old, foreign, oppressive ghetto. This transregional excursion into Jewish urban experiences will illuminate how they shaped contemporary understandings of what makes a city.

Course Requirements:

A mix of varied writing and research assignments, culminating in a comparative research project.

Intended Audience:


Class Format:

Discussion focused on weekly reading assignments.

HISTORY 497 - History Colloquium
Schedule Listing
002 (SEM)
4LSA Jr>
MW 4:00PM - 5:30PM
003 (SEM)
TuTh 5:30PM - 7:00PM
004 (SEM)
2LSA Jr>
W 1:00PM - 4:00PM
NOTE: Data maintained by department in Wolverine Access. If no textbooks are listed below, check with the department.

ISBN: 9781560009832
The Ghetto, Author: Wirth, Louis (1897-1952).
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 9780374536770
Ghetto : the invention of a place, the history of an idea, Author: Duneier, Mitchell, Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2017
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 9781469635439
Ambivalent embrace Jewish upward mobility in postwar America, Author: Kranson, Rachel,
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 081353884X
Inventing Great Neck, Author: Judith Goldstein, Publisher: Rutgers University Press HARDCOVER 2006
ISBN: 9780226342443
Making the second ghetto race and housing in Chicago, 1940 - 1960, Author: Hirsch, Arnold R. 1949-, Publisher: Univ. of Chicago Press 20]0
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 9780300236729
Voices from the Warsaw Ghetto - Writing Our History., Author: Roskies, David G., Publisher: Yale University Press 2019
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 9780231178877
Levittowners., Author: Gans, Herbert J., Publisher: Columbia Univ Press 2017
Other Textbook Editions OK.
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