The Death of an American Jewish Community by Hillel; Harmon, Lawrence Levine
A Tragedy of Good Intentions

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'The Death Of An American Jewish Community: A Tragedy of Good Intentions, ' with much of its concentration on the policies of banks and real estate interests on ethnic communities in the 1960s, should help fill in the time line and develop an focus on ethnic relations and urban affairs more in the social structural direction.
 

About Hillel; Harmon, Lawrence Levine

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Hillel Levine, a professor of sociology and religion, is the co-author of "The Death of an American Jewish Community" (Free Press, 1991). He lives in Brookline, Massachusetts.
 
Published April 23, 2012 by Plunkett Lake Press. 400 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, History, Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction

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Working-class areas like ``Southie'' (the Irish neighborhood) and the North End (Boston's Italian stronghold), the authors say, were spared from the carrots of mortgage manna (e.g., banks conspiring to offer Dorchester mortgages easily, and only, to blacks) and the sticks of violent blockbusting ...

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In a well-researched, instructive, controversial analysis, Levine, a rabbi and director of Judaic Studies at Boston University, and Harmon, former editor of Boston's Jewish Advocate , show how forces external to the black and Jewish communities of Boston undermined their relationship.

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