Judaism is considered by many to be both an ethnicity and a religion. This dual relationship has made Jews in America distinct from other minority groups. From the colonial period to the late 20th and early 21st century, waves of immigrant Jews have influenced the practice and overall identity of the American Jewish community based on the places from which they came. Today, Israel's policy of automatically granting Jews around the world dual citizenship has created a strong tie to that country and further complicated the intricate relationship American Jews have with America.
Written in an engaging and informative manner, The Jewish Americans offers students and general readers a fascinating glimpse into the history of this ethnic group, as well as their contributions and conflicts in American society. Features of this comprehensive new resource include black-and-white photographs, box features, and further reading lists.<\p>