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Author Wenger, Beth S., 1963-

Title New York Jews and the Great Depression : uncertain promise / Beth S. Wenger

Published New Haven : Yale University Press, [1996]
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Description 1 online resource (xiv, 269 pages) : illustrations, map
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Series Yale historical publications
Yale historical publications (Unnumbered)
Contents 1. An Ethnic Economy -- 2. A Family Affair -- 3. Starting Out in the Thirties -- 4. The Landscape of Jewish Life -- 5. From Neighborhood to New Deal -- 6. Private Jewish Philanthropy in the Welfare State -- 7. The Spiritual Depression -- 8. American Jews and the American Dream
Summary This remarkable chronicle of New York City's Jewish families during the years of the Great Depression describes a defining moment in American Jewish history. Beth S. Wenger tells the story of a generation of immigrants and their children as they faced an uncertain future in America. Challenging the standard narrative of American Jewish upward mobility, Wenger shows that Jews of the era not only worried about financial stability and their security as a minority group but also questioned the usefulness of their educational endeavors and the ability of their communal institutions to survive. Wenger uncovers the widespread changes throughout the Jewish community that enabled it to emerge from the turmoil of this period and become a thriving middle-class ethnic group in the post-World War II era
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 213-259) and index
Notes Description based on print version record
Subject Depressions -- 1929 -- New York (State) -- New York.
Jews -- New York (State) -- New York -- Economic conditions.
New York (N.Y.) -- Ethnic relations.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0300145993 (electronic bk.)
9780300145991 (electronic bk.)