A Concise History of American Antisemitism shows how Christianity's negative views of Jews pervaded American history from colonial times to the present. The book describes the European background to American anti-Semitism, then divides American history into time periods, and examines the anti-Semitic ideas, personalities, and literature in each period. Clear and forceful, A Concise History of American Antisemitism is an important work for undergraduate course use and for the general public interested in the roots of the current rash of anti-Semitism.
Robert Michael is professor emeritus of history at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth and Visiting Professor at Ringling School of Art and Design and Florida Gulf Coast University. His other books include: Dictionary of Anti-Semitism, An English Lexicon of the Language of the Third Reich, and The Holocaust: A Chronology and Documentary. He is working on a poetry collection and a novel.
Chapter 1 Foreword Chapter 2 Preface Chapter 3 Introduction: "The United States Is Above All Things a Christian Nation" Chapter 4 "We Never Do Evil So Completely and Cheerfully as When We Do It Out of Religious Conviction:" European Antisemitism before the Founding of America Chapter 5 "The Preservation of Christianity Is One of the Great and Leading Ends of Government:" The Jews in the American Colonies and Early State History Chapter 6 "Chock Full of Lies, Wickedness, and Blasphemy:" American Attitudes toward Jews before the Civil War Chapter 7 "A People Whose Feet Run to Evil:" American Antisemitism from the Civil War to the Turn of the Century Chapter 8 "The Jews Reap More and More Dislike as They Better Themselves:" American Responses to Jews from World War One to the Start of World War Two Chapter 9 "The Acquiescence of This Government in the Murder of the Jews:" America, the Jews, and the Holocaust from 1938 to 1945 Chapter 10 "Dangerous People:" A New Beginning? America and the Jews since 1945 Chapter 11 Appendix: Postwar Film