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By Eric J. Sundquist

In a tradition deeply divided alongside ethnic strains, the concept the connection among blacks and Jews used to be proposal special―indeed, serious to the reason for civil rights―might appear unusual. but the significance of blacks for Jews and Jews for blacks in conceiving of themselves as american citizens, whilst either remained outsiders to the privileges of complete citizenship, is an issue of voluminous yet complicated checklist. it truly is this checklist, written around the annals of yank background and literature, tradition and society, that Eric Sundquist investigates. A enormous paintings of literary feedback and cultural heritage, Strangers within the Land attracts upon politics, sociology, legislation, faith, and pop culture to light up an essential, hugely conflicted interethnic partnership over the process a century.

Sundquist explores how reactions to numerous interlocking issues―the biblical Exodus, the Holocaust, Zionism, and the country of Israel―became severe to black–Jewish kinfolk. He charts unstable debates over social justice and liberalism, anti-Semitism and racism, via prolonged analyses of fiction through Bernard Malamud, Paule Marshall, Harper Lee, and William Melvin Kelley, in addition to the juxtaposition of authors equivalent to Saul Bellow and John A. Williams, Lori Segal and Anna Deavere Smith, Julius Lester and Philip Roth. attractive a variety of thinkers and writers on race, civil rights, the Holocaust, slavery, and comparable subject matters, and slicing throughout disciplines to set works of literature in ancient context, Strangers within the Land deals an encyclopedic account of questions crucial to fashionable American culture.

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