AMCULT 438 - A History of Jews and Social Justice in the United States
Winter 2021, Section 001
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Subject: American Culture (AMCULT)
Department: LSA American Culture
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Enforced Prerequisites:
No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in JUDAIC 417: Topics in Judaic Studies, topic #11 "A History of Jews and Social Justice in the US".
May not be repeated for credit.
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This course explores the striking profile of Jewish engagement in broad social movements, including labor, civil rights, and feminism, that have defined twentieth- and twenty-first-century American society. It also examines how Jewish communal efforts and changing constructions of Jewish identity have influenced American Jewish politics and communal and individual engagement in issues of social justice in American society. Students will consider how historic and recent tensions between African Americans and white American Jews and over the character of Israel have complicated these identities and commitments. Using a combination of archival, audiovisual, and contemporary media, students in the course ask what study of American Jewish engagement with social justice and American Jewish political behavior can teach about the complex political, religious, class, social, and racial dynamics that have shaped the contours of varied American identities.


AMCULT 438 - A History of Jews and Social Justice in the United States
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001 (SEM)
Tu 2:00PM - 5:00PM

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