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World of Our Fathers by Irving Howe

World of Our Fathers (1976)

by Irving Howe

Other authors: Kenneth Libo

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Immensely detailed portrait of the New York East Side Jewish community, with lots of information about the adjustment and assimilation of the immigrant Jews into all aspects of the city's urban life and interesting information about the Yiddish culture. It's unfortunate (as the author acknowledges in his introduction) that despite the broad title, the book focuses so much on New York to the exclusion of other cities. The section on Yiddish culture also included a good deal of literary criticism, which would have been more meaningful if I'd already been familiar with the writers being discussed and then agree with or take issue with the author's judgments. Still worth a read for anyone interested in Jewish history as long as you keep these things in mind. ( )
  bostonian71 | Jan 5, 2014 |
NO OF PAGES: 713 SUB CAT I: European Jews SUB CAT II: American Jews SUB CAT III: DESCRIPTION: This book tells the story of those east European Jews who, for several decades starting in the 1880's, undertook a massive migration to the United States. There were two million of them, and they settled mostly in the large American cities.NOTES: SUBTITLE: The Journey of the East European Jews to America and the Life They Found and Made
  BeitHallel | Feb 18, 2011 |
Coming to America: emigration, early life in USA, Yiddish, dispersion
  Folkshul | Jan 15, 2011 |
Thank you, Irving Howe, for doing lots of research so that I could read about it. ( )
  miriamparker | Mar 19, 2009 |
I'm giving this book only two stars because even though the title includes the phrase "The Journey of the East European Jews to America" there appears to be nothing about any place other than New York, and possibly some other U.S. cities. A great many Jews emigrated to Canada (particularly Montreal), Mexico, Argentina, etc. All "America".The first section, describing conditions in Eastern Europe, motivations for emigrating, and the journeys through Europe and across the Atlantic, is great. That's only about 50 pages out of a 700 page book. ( )
  bnation | Jan 2, 2009 |
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It was a great adventure--the emigration in the 1880s of two million Jews from East Europe to the United States. Many settled in New York, where they attempted to maintain their own Yiddish culture even while making their way into American society. Howe tells the story of these people--from sweatshop to Hollywood studio, from yeshiva to university, every aspect of Jewish life is vividly depicted.

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The journey of the East European Jews to America and the life theyfound and made

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