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Ambivalent Embrace: Jewish Upward Mobility in Postwar America

Rachel Kranson


This new cultural history of Jewish life and identity in the United States after World War II focuses on the process of upward mobility. Rachel Kranson challenges the common notion that most American Jews unambivalently celebrated their generally strong growth in economic status and social acceptance during the booming postwar era. In fact, a significant number of Jewish religious, artistic, and intellectual leaders worried about the ascent of large numbers of Jews into the American middle class. Kranson reveals that many newly-affluent, postwar Jews were deeply concerned that their lives—affe ... More

Keywords: Jews, Jewish, Upward mobility, ambivalence, religion, politics, gender

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781469635439
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469635439.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rachel Kranson, author
University of Pittsburgh