American Antisemitism, Black/Jewish Relations: A Matter of Perspective

Ezra Mendelsohn

in Studies in Contemporary Jewry: XII: Literary Strategies: Jewish Texts and Contexts

Published in print April 1997 | ISBN: 9780195112030
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199854608 | DOI:

Series: Studies in Contemporary Jewry

American Antisemitism, Black/Jewish Relations: A Matter of Perspective

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This chapter reviews the literary works of Frederick C. Jaher's A Scapegoat in the New Wilderness: The Origins and Rise of Anti-Semitism in America and Leonard Dinnerstein's Antisemitism in America which espouse the maximalist position on American antisemitism. It notes that the two men have written books fundamentally different in historical scope. Dinnerstein examines antisemitism from the colonial era to the 1990s while Jaher begins with an extensive two-chapter analysis of pagan and Christian antisemitism before taking up the story of American antisemitism from the colonial period to the end of the Civil War. This chapter also reviews the work of Murray Friedman's What WentWrong? The Creation and Collapse of the Black-Jewish Alliance, which provides a narrative of the entire history of American black/Jewish relations from the first recorded interaction in colonial times to the present day, and furnishes a running dialogue with the revisionists and Jewhaters.

Keywords: Frederick C. Jaher; Leonard Dinnerstein; antisemitism; colonial era; Christian antisemitism; American antisemitism; civil war; Murray Friedman; black/Jewish relations; Jewhaters

Chapter.  7804 words. 

Subjects: History of Religion

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