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After Cloven Tongues of FireProtestant Liberalism in Modern American History$
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David A. Hollinger

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780691158426

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691158426.001.0001

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Communalist and Dispersionist Approaches to American Jewish History in an Increasingly Post-Jewish Era

Communalist and Dispersionist Approaches to American Jewish History in an Increasingly Post-Jewish Era

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(p.138) Chapter 7 Communalist and Dispersionist Approaches to American Jewish History in an Increasingly Post-Jewish Era
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After Cloven Tongues of Fire
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David A. Hollinger

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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691158426.003.0007

This chapter develops an analogy between post-Protestant and post-Jewish cultural situations. It does so in the context of identifying and clarifying a vital issue in the study of American Jewish history: to what extent is that field properly focused on communal Jewry and to what extent might its focuses be expanded to take full account of what persons of Jewish origin have done in the world, regardless of the degree of Jewish identity they, themselves, proclaim? The chapter pulls together arguments that the author has offered over the course of thirty-five years of writing about the Jewish experience in twentieth-century America. Thus, it connects After Cloven Tongues of Fire with an earlier collection, Science, Jews, and Secular Culture. A theme of several essays in each of these two volumes is the disruptive effect Jews have had on the cultural hegemony of Protestants in American life.

Keywords:   post-Protestant, post-Jewish, cultural situations, American Jewish history, Jews, Protestants

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