The Wonders of America by Jenna Weissman Joselit
Reinventing Jewish Culture 1880-1950

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A cultural study draws on advertisements, etiquette manuals, sermons, and surveys, offering insight into how many modern Jewish-American observances have been adapted and developed into distinctive forms of expression. By the author of Our Gang.

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Jenna Weissman Joselit is currently visiting professor of American studies at Princeton University and the author of numerous works of cultural history, including The Wonders of America: Reinventing Jewish Culture 1880-1950 (winner of the Jewish Book Award in History). Joselit has also curated and consulted on more than thirty exhibitions throughout the country. She lives in New York City.
Published September 1, 1994 by Diane Pub Co. 349 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Religion & Spirituality, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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But Joselit's analysis is thin (she speaks of the ``promise of America'' and the clash between individualist American culture and community-based Jewish culture), leaving readers with a sense of nostalgia for the past, a patronizing attitude toward an era when divorce was referred to as a ``marit...

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