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The Jewish 1960s
An American Sourcebook
Michael E. Staub, ed.

Brandeis Series in American Jewish History, Culture, and Life

2004 • 399 pp. 6 x 9"
American History / Jewish History

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"Michael Staub, in his new reader The Jewish 1960s: An American Sourcebook, seeks to remind us that the movements of American culture and politics in the 1960s both contributed to and were in many ways derived from the swirl and cry of the Jewish community. Simultaneously, the community integrated even more tightly into the broader social commons, and the dividing lines in the broader community became fault lines that would eventually break apart seemingly solid alliances among Jews."

A collection of primary sources about Jewish contributions to and involvement in the tumultuous social transformations of the 1960s.

No American decade during the twentieth century has been so strongly defined by Jewish-led and Jewish-sponsored political activism or so deeply informed and influenced by Jewish culture as the 1960s. Nor has any decade in the last century had more lasting consequences on the contemporary state of America Jewry. The 1960s marked the rise of Jewish pride, witnessed a revitalization of religious communal commitments, and saw the revival of Jewish particularism as a crucial counterpoint to a liberal-left Jewish universalism. In these and other respects, Jews remade themselves as they transformed the nation in this critical period.

The Jewish 1960s introduces a new generation of interested readers to some of the finest essays, speeches, and journalistic accounts by Jewish commentators, spokespersons, prominent rabbis, civil rights and antiwar activists, radical Zionists, feminists, counter-cultural leaders, and their critics from 1960 to the early 1970s. This volume brings together materials from Jews on the right as well as the left and chronicles, among other things, Jewish religious and ethnic renewal, the Jewish stand on civil rights, Jewish liberalism and the origins of Jewish neo-conservatism, American Jews’ commitments to Israel, Jewish contributions to feminism and the gay and lesbian rights movements, and the evolution of Holocaust consciousness.

Designed for course adoption, this volume contains a general introduction to the period as well as short section introductions to each of the book’s thirteen chapters.

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Reviews / Endorsements

“[Staub] captures the zeitgeist very well. Four decades have gone by, and so it is instructive to look back and see what is left of these revolutions, which ones improved the Jewish world, and which ones we are still paying a price for.”South Florida Jewish Journal

"Staub's book reprints seventy-three brief essays that range across the civil rights struggle, the Vietnam peace movement, the campaign for Soviet Jewish rights, the feminist explosion in Jewish life, the sexual revolution and more. . . Consistently, we see how the well-entrenched liberalism of the Jewish community of that time. . . empowered its young activists to follow the path of conscience without fear."The Reconstructionist

“This collection of essays is worth reading again and again, and worth reconsidering in the light of what has happened since their publication, and what is currently happening in all the areas of contemporary American Jewish life. I highly recommend this book for all libraries with strong Judaica collections, as well as with collections focusing on the social, political, and religious trends of modern America.”Association of Jewish Libraries Newsletter

MICHAEL E. STAUB is Professor of English and American Culture Studies, Bowling Green State University. He is the author of Torn at the Roots: The Crisis of Jewish Liberalism in Postwar America (2002) and Voices of Persuasion: Politics of Representation in 1930s America (1994).

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