JEWS IN THE MIND OF AMERICA by
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Anti-semitism is the subject of this massive analysis of public opinion polls, ranging from the period of Naziism through 1962. Rutgers sociologist Stember's is the lead essay of nine. He reads the statistics for us, area by area, question by question, so that the attitude of the American public (the results of hundreds of polls concerning Jews at work, play, in religion, government, recreation, business) towards Jews comes clear. The general conclusion is that this form of prejudice has greatly declined in post-World War Two America. What this means for both the American Jew and the public at large, including other minority groups, is taken up from various angles by the other commentators. John Higham places American anti-semitism in historical context. Ben Halpern is uneasy with Stember's conclusion and seeks to lessen its impact in his essay on anti- semitism in world Jewish history. Thomas Pettigrew seeks to show how this came about through the changing concepts of Christian Americans. Dennis H. Wrong demonstrates the psychological aspects of the social-scientists' conclusions. None agree fully with the results, and many unanswered questions are raised. This volume should be fuel for debates and studies to come. It is a seminal study in itself.

Pub Date: Oct. 28th, 1966
Publisher: Basic Books