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The hopes and hardships of the earliest immigrants, the nature of American Judaism, the questions of acceptance and assimilation, and the heartfelt affirmation of faith by generations of American Jews are all contained in the pages of this magnificent anthology. Official documents, letters, poems, and pieces of contemporary American literature by Karl Shapiro, Saul Bellow, Cynthia Ozick, and Philip Roth capture the spirit of a people guided by a dream of a better life in the New World.
Accompanying the text are 130 color and 90 black-and-white photographs featuring magnificent ceremonial objects and architecture of notable synagogues, all heralding a distinctly American flare. Paintings by such renowned artists from Gilbert Stuart to Raphael Soyer, Morris Hirschfeld, Ben Shahn, and Larry Rivers portray the hardships and beauty of Jewish life in America.
Edited by Abraham J. Karp, a noted historian, rabbi, and leading interpreter of the American Jewish experience, The Jews in America offers a fascinating look at the impact of the Jewish community on American history.
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