Undergraduate Honors Theses

Thesis Defended

Fall 2012

Document Type

Thesis

Department

History

First Advisor

David Sneer

Second Advisor

John Willis

Abstract

This thesis will demonstrate the crucial role English-language Jewish newspapers, originally founded to foster Zionism among American Jews, played in maintaining an imagined American Jewish community while American Jews were rapidly assimilating the 1930’s and the 1940’s. This thesis will trace the transition of American Jewish identity in the 1930’s and 1940’s, from an exclusive community feeling embattled in Depression-era America to a postwar group of Jews proud to be ‘American,’ using English-language American Jewish newspapers as a guide. The overall change in the American Jewish cultural identity lead to the creation of the Judeo-Christian society we live in today.

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