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The Price of Whiteness:
Jews, Race, and American Identity
Eric L. Goldstein

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"This is a field well-trodden in recent years, but Eric L. Goldstein adds both earnest research and close interpretation to the inherently limitless question of Jewish-American 'identity.' "--American Historical Review

"Eric L. Goldstein's book should be among the very first stops for those wishing to approach the subject of Jews and race in America.... It is broad, well researched, compellingly told, extraordinarily nuanced, and it comes as a kind of savior to an area of scholarship that has suffered from large gaps regarding basic historical fact."--Michael Alexander, American Jewish History

"Eric Goldstein, an American historian, has written a fascinating, meticulously documented book that . . . shows that American Jews' definition of the Jewish collectivity, for themselves as well as for others, has undergone significant change over the past two centuries, to a large extent reflecting their varying sense of security in American society."--Chaim I. Waxman, Jewish Political Studies Review

"Goldstein's The Price of Whiteness is a valuable addition to the study of the American Jewish community in the twentieth century. . . . Even though Jews are likely to remain ambivalent on what is a Jew, Goldstein's book has provided much solid research, thoughtful reflection, and added insight on this question. The book is recommended without hesitation or reservation."--Saul Lerner, Shofar

"The Price of Whiteness is technically solid, with insightful writing and organization. . . . The Price of Whiteness is even more relevant than Goldstein is willing to claim. This is a highly readable, well-researched, and equitable examination of one of the most interesting topics in American Jewish history and a book worthy of consideration for course adoption in this field."--Glen Anthony Harris, American Jewish Archives Journal

"[An] imaginative, provocative, and well-researched book."--Edward S. Shapiro, Congress Monthly


"This is an outstanding book. It offers scholars and general readers a complicated, nuanced, and sophisticated engagement with [the] issue."--Hasia R. Diner, New York University

"Provocative and sure to spark discussion, this book will interest students of both American and Jewish history. It is a valuable contribution to scholarship in the field."--Deborah Dash Moore, University of Michigan

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