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REL 3630: American Judaism

Course Description for American Judaism

REL3630: American Judaism
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Description: Jews have contributed to the United States’ religious diversity for over 350 years, starting off as small pockets of communities on the eastern seaboard. By the 1950s, the US became home to the largest, most prosperous, and most secure Jewish community in modern history. This course surveys the history of American Jews from the 18th century to the 21st century. We will explore the following questions: Why did millions of Jews come to the United States? How has life in a liberal political and capitalist economic order shaped the Jewish experience in America? In turn, how have Jews influenced American culture, politics, and society? Topics will include politics, Southern Judaism, Jewish culture, inter-ethnic group relations, gender and sexuality, popular culture, and identity.