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City: New York’s Jews, 1870-1914,
an authoritative work based
on original scholarship.
“The Promised City
is a thoughtful, sober, yet readable ac-
count of the experiences and struggles of Jewish immigrants
from Eastern Europe in the new dynamic environment of the
American metropolis," according to Dr. Bernard J. Bamberger.
“It pictures the conditions they encountered, the way in which
they reacted to new circumstances, and the contribution they
made to the life of the colorful and varied city. In his account
of the various movements and tendencies in New York Jewry,
the author gives primary attention to secularist-socialist-Yiddish-
ist elements; but his treatment of the religious and Zionist
activities and institutions, though less full, is generally fair. The
book will stir the memories of older readers and presents to a
younger generation a wholesome reminder of a time when
poverty was the normal condition of most New York Jews.”
Born in New York City, in 1925, Dr. Rischin received a
doctorate at Harvard University in history. He has taught at
Brandeis University, Brooklyn College, and the New School for
Social Research and now teaches American Social and Intel-
lectual History at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Dr. Rischin is also the author of
An Inventory of American
Jewish History
(Harvard University Press, 1954) and
Our Own
Kind: Voting by Race, Creed, or Nat iona l Origin
(Center for
the Study of Democratic Institutions, Santa Barbara, Calif., 1960),
in addition to a number of articles in scholarly and literary
magazines. At present, he is at work on a biography of Abraham
Cahan (1860-1951) for Harper 8c Row, is editing a new edition
of
The Spirit of the Ghe t to
by Hutchins Hapgood and is prepar-
ing a book in American Social History.
Josephine K amm
Josephine Kamm, the recipient of the Isaac Siegel Memorial
Award for juvenile literature, lives in Chelsea, London, and the
London of three hundred years ago is the setting for her book
Re turn to Freedom.
She is well known as the author of children’s
historical novels, and of biographies and novels for children
and adults.
Among her books for children is
Leaders of the People,
the
life stories of some of the outstanding Jewish leaders from dif-
ferent ages and countries. While engaged in research for this
book she became fascinated by the history of the return of the
Jewish people to England, of which surprisingly little is generally
known. The origins of
Re turn to Freedom
spring from this
research, but it is also an exciting adventure story. The book