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- DescriptionA major reevaluation of relationships among Blacks, Jews, and Irish in the years between the Irish Famine and the end of World War II, The Colors of Zion argues that the cooperative efforts and sympathies among these three groups, each persecuted and subjugated in its own way, was much greater than often ackwledged today. For the Black, Jewish, and Irish writers, poets, musicians, and politicians at the center of this transatlantic study, a sense of shared wrongs inspired repeated outpourings of sympathy. If what they have to say w surprises us, it is because our current constructions of interracial and ethnic relations have overemphasized conflict and division. As George Bornstein says in his Introduction, he chooses 'to let the principals speak for themselves.' While ackwledging past conflicts and tensions, Bornstein insists on recovering the 'lost connections' through which these groups frequently defined their plights as well as their aspirations. In doing so, he examines a wide range of materials, including immigration laws, lynching, hostile race theorists, Nazis and Klansmen, discriminatory university practices, and Jewish publishing houses alongside popular plays like The Melting Pot and Abie's Irish Rose , canical vels like Ulysses and Daniel Deronda , music from slave spirituals to jazz, poetry, and early films such as The Jazz Singer . The models of brotherhood that extended beyond ethcentrism a century ago, the author argues, might do so once again today, if only we bear them in mind. He also urges us to move beyond arbitrary and invidious categories of race and ethnicity.
- Author BiographyGeorge Bornstein is C. A. Patrides Professor of Literature, Emeritus, at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
- Author(s)George Bornstein
- PublisherHarvard University Press
- Date of Publication01/02/2011
- SubjectHistory: Specific Subjects
- Place of PublicationCambridge, Mass
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintHarvard University Press
- Content Note20 halftones
- Weight549 g
- Width155 mm
- Height235 mm
- Spine26 mm
- Format DetailsSewn,Cloth over boards,With printed dust jacket
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