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World of Our Fathers: The Journey of the East European Jews to America and the Life They Found and Made
by Irving Howe
A classic exploration of the American Jewish experience by one of our greatest twentieth-century intellectuals
Winner of the National Book Award, 1976
World of Our Fathers traces the journeys of Eastern Europe’s Jews to America over four decades. Beginning in the 1880s, it offers a rich portrayal of the East European Jewish experience in New York, and shows how the immigrant generation tried to maintain their Yiddish culture while becoming American. It is essential reading for those interested in understanding why these forebears to many of today’s American Jews made the decision to leave their homelands, the challenges these new Jewish Americans faced, and how they experienced every aspect of immigrant life in the early part of the twentieth century.
This invaluable contribution to Jewish literature and culture is now back in print in a paperback edition, which includes a foreword by the noted author and literary critic Morris Dickstein.
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