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L. Sandy Maisel is the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor and chair of the Department of Government at Colby College. He is also director of the Center for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement at Colby College. Ira N. Forman is executive director of the National Jewish Democratic Council and the research director of the Solomon Project.
Chapter 1 Introduction
Chapter 2 The Lieberman Candidacy
Part 3 I Themes, Trends, and American Political Institutions
Chapter 4 Identity and Politics: Dilemmas of Jewish Leadership in America
Chapter 5 At the Summit: Presidents, Presidential Appointments, and Jews
Chapter 6 On the Hill: Jews in the United States Congress
Chapter 7 On the Bench: The Jewish Justices
Chapter 8 Movers, Shakers, and Leaders: Jewish Party Politicians
Chapter 9 Who Does What?: Jewish Advocacy and Jewish "Interest"
Chapter 10 A Part and Apart: Jewish Americans, the Media, and American Politics
Chapter 11 The Politics of Minority Consciousness: The Historical Voting Behavior of American Jews
Chapter 12 Still Liberal After All These Years?: The Contemporary Political Behavior of American Jewry
Chapter 13 Right Turn?: Jews and the American Conservative Movement
Chapter 14 Famished for Justice: The Jew as Radical
Chapter 15 Activists and Organizers: Jewish Women and American Politics
Chapter 16 Israel and Beyond: American Jews and U.S. Foreign Policy
Chapter 17 Hosts, Not Visitors: The Future of Jews in American Politics
Part 18 II Rosters of Jewish Leadership and Voting
Chapter 19 A Jewish Cabinet Officers
Chapter 20 B Jews in the United States Senate
Chapter 21 C Jews in the United States House of Representatives
Chapter 22 D Jews on the United States Supreme Court
Chapter 23 E Jewish Governors
Chapter 24 F Jews Holding Statewide Constitutional Offices
Chapter 25 G Jewish Mayors of Major Cities
Chapter 26 H Concentration of Jewish Population, 1800-2000
Chapter 27 I Jewish Voting Patterns in Selected Elections
Jews have long played an important role in American Politics—behind the scenes and, increasingly, in the spotlight. Jews in American Politics tells the story from colonial days to the nomination of Joseph Lieberman for vice president in 2000, and fills a place that has been vacant for too long on our political bookshelves.
— Michael Barone, U.S. News and World Report
The experience I had during the 2000 presidential campaign has only deepened my feelings about public service. It reinforced my basic faith in the goodness and tolerance of the American people, my belief that there is an important role for idealism in public life, and my conviction that each individual can make a contribution to a better society. It has also convinced me as never before that American Jews have an important and special role to play in the civic life of this great country. . . . That is the spirit I hope readers—particularly young readers—will draw from this important book.
— Joseph I. Lieberman, Senator
This is a fascinating and comprehensive study of the role Jews have played in American politics and government. Along with documenting their many unique contributions, it is a tribute to thier own determination and to the democracy that gave them the opportunity to overcome the barriers of anti-Semitisim.
— Hal Bruno, former political director, ABC news
Reading Jews in American Politics is like finding a missing puzzle piece. Never before has there been such a detailed account of Jewish political experience. Using thought provoking essays and compelling statistics, this work tells us where we have been, where we are, and where we are going. It is a must-read for anyone interested in politics and any person with a love of history and heritage.
— Senator Barbara Boxer, (D-Calif.)
An excellent source of both fact and analysis.
— Publishers Weekly
This volume examines Jews' participation in politics disproportionate to their numbers. It also shows the important role religion has played in shaping Jewish attitudes toward justice and communal responsibility.
— The Washington Post
A wonderful new book.
— National Journal
Maisel presents a comprehensive and readable compendium on the history and present role of Jews in American politics. Here, in one place, is an encyclopedic rendering of Jewish political life in the U.S. in a readable and professional manner. This book belongs in all libraries, academic and public, where the question of Jewish participation in politics is a concern. Highly recommended.
— Choice Reviews