THE JEWISH ROLE IN AMERICAN LIFE: An Annual Review // Volume 9

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ISSN 1934-7529

This volume focuses on the unique and special role of Jews in reshaping the racial landscape of southern California in the twentieth century. Rather on broad analyses of organizations or entire communities, each article in this volume looks at this issue through the lens of the activity of a single Jewish individual and his/her relationship with the larger diverse terrain of a changing southern California. In particular, this volume is one of the very first to take seriously the unique racial/ethnic makeup of southern California for Jewish activism, with a particular focus on the relationship between Jews and Mexican Americans in the overall diverse setting around Los Angeles.

The Jewish individuals who are focused on represent a wide spectrum of backgrounds and perspectives, ranging from an elected official to an activist lawyer, and from a local businessman to a Democratic Party activist. Though civil rights politics are a critical aspect of the entire volume, the articles display a wide range of levels of engagement with the diverse communities of southern California, including business arrangements in mixed neighborhoods and the broader cultural and political life of Los Angeles.

The volume does not shy away from some of the most vexed issues in the scholarship of racial/ethnic interaction in the twentieth and twenty-first century. While Jewish activism in shaping local civil rights is thoroughly discussed, the specific and unequal dynamics of power within the civil rights community is also analyzed. The changing relationship of Jews to whiteness in southern California during the late twentieth century, in both geographic and political terms, shapes many of these ongoing relationships. Finally, the volume provides a unique historical perspective in understanding contemporary Los Angeles in all its ethnic complexity, and specifically in thinking through the future of Jews in urban southern California.

Table of Contents


George J. Sánchez, Guest Editor

Genevieve Carpio
Unexpected Allies: David C. Marcus and His Impact on the Advancement of Civil Rights in the Mexican-American Legal Landscape of Southern California

Anthony Macías
Multicultural Music, Jews, and American Culture: The Life and Times of William Phillips

Barbara K. Soliz
Rosalind Wiener Wyman and the Transformation of Jewish Liberalism in Cold War Los Angeles

Max Felker-Kantor
Fighting Many Battles: Max Mont, Labor, and Interracial Civil Rights Activism in Los Angeles, 1950-1970