Broken Chains of Memory

Ira Katznelson

in Anxieties of Democracy

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780198077473
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081745 | DOI:
Broken Chains of Memory

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The incorporation of Jews into American democracy can offer insights into the available repertoire and the costs demanded by different moves into the mainstream. This chapter examines what happened at distinct moments in particular institutional settings as Jews engaged with dominant sentiments, ideas, mores, and feelings, and with the big structures in American life such as democratic politics, capitalism, and associational life. It looks at relationships within two entwined processes: accommodation and acculturation. It also explores how sympathetic observers at the heart of mainstream institutions, including Harvard University and Fortune magazine, thought about arrangements and conditions for the entry by Jews into the core of American capitalism and higher education. Finally, it considers how leading intellectuals in the immigrant community counselled fellow Jews about how to make adjustments in order to adapt to America’s democratic political culture.

Keywords: Jews; America; politics; capitalism; accommodation; acculturation; higher education; intellectuals; political culture; democracy

Chapter.  15792 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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