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Black Power, Jewish Politics
Reinventing the Alliance in the 1960s
Marc Dollinger

Publication date: June 5, 2018


Brandeis Series in American Jewish History, Culture, and Life

Brandeis
2018 • 272 pp. 6 x 9"
20th Century U.S. History / Jewish Studies / Civil Rights

$35.00 Paperback, 978-1-5126-0257-9
$95.00 Hardcover, 978-1-5126-0256-2

$34.99 Ebook, 978-1-5126-0258-6

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How American Jews leveraged the Black Power movement to strengthen American Jewish religious, ethnic, and cultural life

In this provocative critique, Marc Dollinger charts the transformation of American Jewish political culture from the Cold War liberal consensus of the early postwar years to the rise and influence of Black Power–inspired ethnic nationalism. He shows how, in a period best known for the rise of black anti-Semitism and the breakdown of the black-Jewish alliance, black nationalists enabled Jewish activists to devise a new Judeo-centered political agenda and express it in more visible forms of Jewish identity—including the emancipation of Soviet Jews, the development of a new form of American Zionism, the opening of hundreds of Jewish day schools, and the creation of revitalized worship services with gender-inclusive liturgy.

This study of postwar American Jewish life challenges much of the historiography describing the motivations for and limits on Jewish involvement in various social protest movements, as well as the accepted wisdom on the origins and nature of the Jewish turn inward; in the process, it undermines commonly held beliefs about the nature of the black-Jewish alliance and the course of American Jewish liberalism since the mid-1960s. Dollinger argues that a new political consensus emerged at a moment of great intergroup conflict, drawing blacks and Jews together under the identity-politics banner even as their alliance in the civil rights movement—inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King—became fractured.

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MARC DOLLINGER is the author of Quest for Inclusion: Jews and Liberalism in Modern America, and co-editor of California Jews and American Jewish History: A Primary Source Reader. He holds the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Chair in Jewish Studies and Social Responsibility at San Francisco State University.



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