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Jazz Age Jews

  • Couverture cartonnée
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Michael Alexander is Assistant Professor of History and Jewish Studies at the University of Oklahoma.Texte du rabat By the 1920s,... Lire la suite
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Michael Alexander is Assistant Professor of History and Jewish Studies at the University of Oklahoma.

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By the 1920s, Jews were--by all economic, political, and cultural measures of the day--making it in America. Yet many deliberately identified with groups that remained excluded. The stories of Al Jolson, Felix Frankfurter, and Arnold Rothstein are told together to explore this paradox in the psychology of American Jewry. All three became heroes to the American Jewish community for their association with events that galvanized the country and defined the Jazz Age. Rothstein allegedly fixed the 1919 World Series--an accusation this book disputes. Frankfurter defended the Italian anarchists Sacco and Vanzetti. Jolson brought jazz music to Hollywood for the first talking film, The Jazz Singer, and regularly impersonated African Americans in blackface. Each of these men represented a version of the American outsider, and American Jews celebrated them for it.

By the 1920s, Jews were - by all economic, political, and cultural measures of the day - making it in America. This book shows that most Jews felt culturally obliged to mark themselves as different - and believed that doing so made them both better Jews and better Americans.


INTRODUCTION 1 INTERLUDE: JAZZ AGE ECONOMICS 11 PART I. "Biznez Iz Biznez" The Arnol Rothstein Story 13 1. Arnold Rothstein 15 2. Gambling in the Time of Rothstein's Youth 19 3. The Rise of Rothstein 28 4. Financial Crime 40 5. The Black Sox and the Jews 48 6. The Jews React 55 INTERLUDE: JAZZ AGE POLITICS 65 PART II. Frankfurter among the Anarchists "The Case of Sacco an Vanzetti" 69 7. Felix Frankfurter 71 8. The Young Progressive 76 9. Zion and Cambridge 88 10. Sacco and Vanzetti 96 11. Aftermath 119 INTERLUDE: JAZZ AGE CULTURE 127 PART III. "Mammy, Don't You Know Me?" Al Jolson an the Jews 131 12. Al Jolson 133 13. Asa Yoelson Discovers the Theater 139 14. Jewish Minstrelsy Emerges 144 15. Blackface Arrives on Broadway 150 16. The Jews on Tin Pan Alley 155 17. The Jazz Singer 167 CONCLUSION JAZZ AGE JEWS 180 NOTES 185 BIBLIOGRAPHY 215 ACKNOWLEDGMENTS 227 INDEX 229

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Titre: Jazz Age Jews
Code EAN: 9780691116532
ISBN: 978-0-691-11653-2
Format: Couverture cartonnée
Editeur: Princeton Univ Pr
Genre: Histoire
nombre de pages: 264
Poids: 367g
Taille: H229mm x B146mm x T17mm
Année: 2003


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