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History Lessons:
The Creation of American Jewish Heritage
Beth S. Wenger

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"Now we see through Wenger's discussion yet another intriguing context: the newcomers coming of age and staking 'claim [to] their share in American Jewish heritage.' It is precisely this keen insight that makes this solidly conceived and well-written book important reading."--Jeffrey S. Gurock, Journal of Church and State

"History Lessons is an impressive work of historical scholarship and cultural studies. Its writing is lively, accessible, and thankfully free of academic jargon. It will certainly find its audience among scholars of Jewish history and of American history."--Pamela S. Nadell, H-Net Reviews

"Wenger's work provides a powerful framework that will hopefully guide future research but also inform a general readership about the nature of American Jewish life."--SMC, Jewish Book World


"Arguing that American Jews have created a distinctive American Jewish heritage that interweaves Judaism with democracy, Wenger's compelling and elegant book shows that this heritage rewrites both Jewish and American history into a relatively seamless whole."--Deborah Dash Moore, director of the Jean and Samuel Frankel Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan

"History Lessons tells an important story, one that analyzes the ways in which a minority group--in this case, American Jews up to the end of World War II--constructed a history for themselves. Wenger has tackled a virtually untapped vein of material. There is certainly nothing like this book in American Jewish history."--Hasia R. Diner, New York University

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