American Jewish Year Book, 1955
For fifty-six years the American Jewish Year Book has been a faithful record of Jewish history in the making. To mark the American Jewish Tercentenary its editor, Morris Fine, has this year chosen to present three special historical studies that tell us much about Jews and about America. These articles are more vital than the statistics in the book, for they provide us with the beginnings of a profile of the American Jew at mid-century.
The “ground-tone,” to use Nathan Glazer’s phrase in his summary of the various surveys of social characteristics of American Jews, is essentially middle-class—respectable, prosperous, sober, ambitious. This ground-tone is very much the same today as it was seventy-five years ago, although between times it has been something quite different.
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