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Struggles in the Promised Land: Toward a History of Black-Jewish Relations in the United States Jack Salzman

Struggles in the Promised Land: Toward a History of Black-Jewish Relations in the United States

Jack Salzman

Published March 20th 1997
ISBN : 9780195088281
Hardcover
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As Salzman makes clear in his introduction, the purpose of this collection is not to offer quick fixes to the present crisis but to provide a clarifying historical framework from which lasting solutions may emerge. Where historical knowledge isMoreAs Salzman makes clear in his introduction, the purpose of this collection is not to offer quick fixes to the present crisis but to provide a clarifying historical framework from which lasting solutions may emerge. Where historical knowledge is lacking, rhetoric comes rushing in, and Salzman asserts that the true history of Black-Jewish relations remains largely untold. To communicate that history, the essays gathered here move from the common demonization of Blacks and Jews in the Middle Ages, to an accurate assessment of Jewish involvement in the slave trade- to the confluence of Black migration from the South and Jewish immigration from Europe into Northern cities between 1880 and 1935- to the meaningful alliance forged during the Civil Rights movement and the conflicts over Black Power and the struggle in the Middle East that effectively ended that alliance. The essays also provide reasoned discussion of such volatile issues as affirmative action, Zionism, Blacks and Jews in the American Left, educational relations between the two groups, and the real and perceived roles Hollywood has played in the current tensions. At a time when accusations come more readily than careful consideration, Struggles in the Promised Land offers a much-needed voice of reason and historical understanding.