Choreographing identity : modern dance and American Jewish life, 1924-1954 / by Josh Perelman.
When Congress passed the 1924 Johnson-Reed Act, it brought a dramatic halt to the era of mass migration that had begun over forty years before. For the American-born children of Jewish immigrants who came of age in the turbulent decades that followed, this shift in policy hastened their efforts to integrate into American society at the same time that it pointed to the serious challenges that they confronted. But social prejudices represented just one impediment to inclusion. Jews' efforts to figure out and explain to other Americans what it meant to be a Jew in the United States coincided with America's most serious economic crisis and the rise of Nazism in Europe, cataclysmic events that compounded the difficulty, and the necessity, of their efforts.
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