PILGRIMS IN A NEW LAND by Lee M. Friedman

PILGRIMS IN A NEW LAND

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Although this book is not, strictly speaking, a history of the Jew in America, it accounts in readable and telling style the high spots of the contribution made by the Jewish immigrants to their new country. For the record, this formidable list of outstanding Jewish achievements is all the more powerful when one remembers that in 1940 the Jew formed only 3.47 per cent of the population of the USA. The author shows how the contribution has been a two way passage, the Jews giving of their native genius for organization in all lines of industry, literature and art, and the US has modified the fundamentals of Judaism. Many figures come out with new clarity:- Haym Solomon, who backed the Revolution with his personal fortune; Judge Moses Levy; playwright Mordecai Manual Noah; statesman Oscar Strauss; labor leader Samuel Gompers. He writes too of Jews in journalism, in the arts, in industry. Although the painstaking story is sometimes dulled by too much elaboration, the documentation is detailed and gives authenticity to the facts chronicled. It is a sound reference book, and one that should make readers weigh the relative contributions made by other races, other cultures.

Pub Date: Nov. 22nd, 1948
Publisher: Farrar, Straus