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Troubling the Waters:
Black-Jewish Relations in the American Century
Cheryl Lynn Greenberg

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"[Cheryl Greenberg] provides extremely detailed histories of Jewish and African American civil rights efforts, together and as separate communities. . . . [F]or the scholar and political tactician, the volume is a goldmine of information. . . . [T]his book is likely to become one of the classic histories of black-Jewish relations in the United States."--Jewish Book World

"Greenberg's is one of the best of a spate of new books on this topic, with her fine research and careful delineation of the facts."--Press-Enterprise

"Essential reading for understanding ethnic/race relations and Jewish identity. . . . Greenberg offers the best study on black-Jewish relations and one that will stand as a classic in the field."--Ronald H. Bayor, Southern Jewish History

"Cheryl Greenberg's view is that Black and Jewish interests and priorities have been fundamentally different all along but did, during a particular period, overlap sufficiently. . . . Cheryl Greenberg has certainly helped to provide . . . a clearer understanding [of the Black-Jewish relationship] with this well-written, well-researched book, which is chock full of information and sensible analysis by a thoughtful, sensitive, and sympathetic writer."--Yankl Stillman, Jewish Currents

"Greenberg's history is both synthetic and original, especially in its coverage of the last thirty-five years. . . . Troubling the Waters is a painstakingly researched, impressively documented, well-written, and important contribution to the field."--Dominic J. Capeci Jr., Journal of American History

"[Greenberg's] book is lucid in its exposition, balanced in its tone, and generous in its sympathies. Writing from a resolutely liberal perspective, she has built upon and outclasses all previous scholarship on the history of the black-Jewish encounter in twentieth-century America."--Stephen J. Whitfield, Jewish History

"Cheryl Greenberg's book stands as an exemplar of scholarship not just in American Jewish history and in African American history, but also in the history of American liberalism which in many ways is the key force which dominates the narrative here."--Hasia R. Diner, Modernism/Modernity

"In Troubling the Waters: Black Jewish Relations in the American Century, Greenberg has done more than write a book that will be of interest to students of Jewish-American history or the African American experience. She has instead produced a work--ambitious in scope and thoughtful in tone--that will be of enormous value to those interested in the broader history of postwar America and the rise of modern liberalism."--Alan Petigny, Reviews in American History

"[A]n admirably balanced, fairly unsentimental account of a former entente. Greenberg . . . approaches the topic with eyes wide open in an attempt to plumb its complexities."--Sheldon Kirschner, Canadian Jewish News

"Troubling the Waters is the most complete attempt to unravel the complicated history of black-Jewish relations during the 20th century."--Edward S. Shapiro, Congress Monthly


"The best-researched and most comprehensive account yet of Black-Jewish relations in the twentieth century. The messy complexities of the relationship, the insensitivities displayed on all sides, are here revealed for all to see. Sobering, realistic, and definitive."--Jonathan D. Sarna, Brandeis University

"For readers who puzzle about what happened to the fabled alliance between Blacks and Jews, Troubling the Waters provides the authoritative answer. It is testament to Cheryl Lynn Greenberg's discipline as a historian, as well as her personal acumen and devotion to justice, that she is able to take up so fraught a subject and to give us such an illuminating account."--Stephen Steinberg, author of Turning Back: The Retreat from Racial Justice in American Thought and Policy

"A masterful assessment of the relationships between African Americans and Jews in the twentieth century. Greenberg's deeply researched and well-written analysis provides new materials, fresh insights, and a keen understanding of the plight of both groups. Her book is bias-free while sympathetically presenting the perspectives of African Americans and Jews. Vastly superior to everything else that has previously been written on the topic, Troubling the Waters will become the standard by which all other works on the subject are measured."--Leonard Dinnerstein, Professor Emeritus, University of Arizona

"Cheryl Lynn Greenberg's Troubling the Waters is engaging and well researched, and the author insightful and thorough. The book fills a void in the historiography and will make a much-needed addition to courses in African American Studies, American history, and sociology. It is an invitation to explore some of the most compelling issues in race politics today."--Barbara Ransby, University of Illinois at Chicago, author of Ella Baker and the Black Freedom Movement

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