The Jewish origins of cultural pluralism : the Menorah Association and American diversity
LB3613 .J4 G74 2011
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- Includes bibliographical references (p. 231-250) and index.
- Acknowledgments Introduction: "Kultur Klux Klan or Cultural Pluralism"-- 1. The Harvard Menorah Society and the Menorah Idea-- 2. The Intercollegiate Menorah Association and the "Jewish Invasion" of American Colleges-- 3. Cultural Pluralism and Its Critics-- 4. Jewish Studies in an American Setting-- 5. A Pluralist History and Culture-- 6. Pluralism in Fiction-- Epilogue: "The Promise of the Menorah Idea" Notes-- Bibliography-- Index.
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- Publisher's Summary
- Daniel Greene traces the emergence of the idea of cultural pluralism to the lived experiences of a group of Jewish college students and public intellectuals, including the philosopher Horace M. Kallen. These young Jews faced particular challenges as they sought to integrate themselves into the American academy and literary world of the early 20th century. At Harvard University, they founded an influential student organization known as the Menorah Association in 1906 and later the Menorah Journal, which became a leading voice of Jewish public opinion in the 1920s. In response to the idea that the American melting pot would erase all cultural differences, the Menorah Association advocated a pluralist America that would accommodate a thriving Jewish culture while bringing Jewishness into mainstream American life.
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- Harvard Menorah Society (Cambridge, Mass.) > History > 20th century.
- Intercollegiate Menorah Association (New York, N.Y.) > History > 20th century.
- Menorah Association (New York, N.Y.) > History > 20th century.
- Jewish college students > Massachusetts > Cambridge > Societies, etc.
- Jewish college students > United States > Societies, etc.
- Jews > United States > Identity.
- Jews > Cultural assimilation > United States.
- Jews > United States > Intellectual life > 20th century.
- Cultural pluralism > United States > History > 20th century.
- Publication date
- Daniel Greene.
- The modern Jewish experience