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American Jewish political culture and the liberal persuasion / Henry L. Feingold.

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    The sustained loyalty of the Jewish electorate to the Democratic party while other ethnic voters cast their ballots elsewhere has long puzzled political pundits and chagrined Republican stalwarts. Yet efforts to turn the Jewish vote have thus far failed. The majority of Jewish voters continue to pull down the democratic voting lever as if guided by some divine force. No Republican presidential candidate has won the Jewish vote since the election of Theodore Roosevelt in 1904. Since the heady years of the New Deal, Jewish liberalism has found shelter under the left wing of that party and Jewish voters have become some of the most politically engaged citizens of the Republic. American Jewish Political Culture and the Liberal Persuasion searches for the source of such political engagement, exploring the constantly adapting liberalism at the heart of American Jewish political behavior. Drawing on sociology and philosophy to inform his historical synthesis of a centuries-long, transcontinental pattern, Feingold eschews voting statistics and political theory. Instead, he tells the story of three overarching concerns that weave throughout the political priorities of contemporary American Jews: an ever-changing definition of liberalism; the hope and turmoil of Israel; and the obsession with the Holocaust. The resulting tapestry demonstrates a culture of great complexity and a political voice that often lacks coherence despite these consistent threads. American Jewish Political Culture and the Liberal Persuasion begins with the historical background of American Jewish politics before delving into old roots and then moving onto a thematic understanding of American Jewry's political psyche. This exhaustive work answers the grand question of where American Jewish liberalism comes from and ultimately questions whether the communal motivations behind such behavior are strong enough to withstand twenty-first-century America.-- Provided by Publisher.
    Series
    Modern Jewish history
    Modern Jewish history.
    Format
    Book
    Author/Creator
    Feingold, Henry L., 1931- author.
    Published
    Syracuse, New York : Syracuse University Press, 2014
    Locale
    United States
    USA
    Edition
    First edition
    Contents
    Jewish political culture: the American wrinkle
    American Jewish liberalism: how deep the roots?
    The new deal Jewish liberal amalgam
    The liberal Zionist entanglement
    Israel's resonance in American Jewish politics
    Holocaust consciousness, liberal hope.
    Notes
    Includes bibliographical references (pages 307-340) and index.
    Jewish political culture: the American wrinkle -- American Jewish liberalism: how deep the roots? -- The new deal Jewish liberal amalgam -- The liberal Zionist entanglement -- Israel's resonance in American Jewish politics -- Holocaust consciousness, liberal hope.

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    Language
    English
    ISBN
    9780815610250
    0815610254
    Physical Description
    xv, 357 pages ; 24 cm.

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