Both analytical and anecdotal, the essays in Jews in American Politics offer deep insight into serious questions about the dilemmas that Jews in public service face, as well as humorous sidelights and authoritative reference materials never before collected in one source. The story of the rich tradition of Jewish participation in American political life provides an indispensable resource for any serious follower of American politics, especially in election year 2004.
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