By Fred Rosenbaum
Levi Strauss, A.L. Gump, Yehudi Menuhin, Gertrude Stein, Adolph Sutro, Congresswoman Florence Prag Kahn--Jewish humans were so enmeshed in lifestyles in and round San Francisco that their tale is a chronicle of the city itself. because the Gold Rush, Bay quarter Jews have countered stereotypes, operating as farmers and miners, boxers and mountaineers. They have been Gold Rush pioneers, Gilded Age tycoons, and innovative period reformers. informed via an surprising variety of characters and occasions, Cosmopolitans illuminates many features of Jewish existence within the sector: the excessive profile of Jewish girls, awesome achievements within the company global, the cultural creativity of the second one iteration, the sour debate in regards to the right reaction to the Holocaust and Zionism, and lots more and plenty extra. Focusing in wealthy aspect at the first hundred years after the Gold Rush, the ebook additionally takes the tale as much as the current day, demonstrating how surprisingly powerful affinities for the humanities and for the fight for social justice have characterised this neighborhood whilst it has replaced through the years. Cosmopolitans, set within the uncommonly different Bay region, is a very designated bankruptcy of the Jewish adventure in the USA.
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