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The Jews in America: A Treasury of Art and Literature by Abraham J. Karp



Large Hardcover with DJ in Fine (FN) condition. Looks new. Owned and stored by an avid collector. 

 With roots in countries around the world, and a religious and cultural heritage stretching back more than 5,000 years, the American community is the largest moving, joyous, and thought-provoking evocations of the Jewish experience in America, spans more than three centuries and reflects the continuing strength and appeal of Jewish art and literature.

The words of poets, writers, religious and secular leaders, as well as personal accounts by ordinary people, capture the spirit of a people guided by a dream of a better life in the New World. The hopes and hardships of immigrants, the nature of American Judaism, and questions of acceptance and assimilation are illuminated in writing ranging from official documents of the colonial period to twentieth-century literature.

Accompanying are hundreds of pictures displaying works of art that range from beautiful 18th-century Sabbath candlesticks to Bill Aron's contemporary photographs documenting life in Jewish communities nationwide. Whether they record specific events, like Theresa Bernstein's lively painting of a Zionist meeting in New York in 1923, or embody Jewish folklore and liturgical traditions in painting here by Raphael Rivers, they add a stunning visual dimension to this comprehensive volume.