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History (HIST)

HIST 205 (GH;US) (J ST 205) American Antisemitism (3) The Phenomenon of antisemitism in American history from Peter Stuyvesant to the present.

HIST (J ST/RL ST) 205 American Antisemitism (3)

This course explores the phenomenon of antisemitism in American history from the time of Peter Stuyvesant to the present. The significance and role of American antisemitic movements and authors, as well as its role in American society and culture, are examined and compared to those in European history over the same periods. At the same time, the impact of antisemitism on the lives and mentalities of American Jews is discussed. The course focuses on readings taken from original sources and recent historical treatments. The readings include material on colonial texts, Grant's notorious Order, nativists and anti-immigration texts, Gilded Age antisemitism, the Immigration Acts of the 1920's, Henry Ford's antisemitic campaign, Southern antisemitism and the Leo Frank case, the quota system at American universities, employment discrimination, the "Gentlemen's Agreement" system, Black antisemitism, and the New Antisemitism.

General Education: GH
Diversity: US
Bachelor of Arts: None
Effective: Summer 2011

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