Ellis Island to Ebbets Field

Ellis Island to Ebbets Field : Sport and the American-Jewish Experience

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An exploration into the experience of Jewish immigrants in America in the first half of the twentieth century. Asks the question: What part did sport play in the process by which these people became Americans? It is based on the experience of other imigrant groups and minority people especially the rich culture of everyday life created by East European Jewish imigrants, particularly their children.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 152.4 x 223.52 x 22.86mm | 544.31g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0195085558
  • 9780195085556

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"Levine convincingly and repeatedly demonstrates the way in whch sport served as an important vehicle of assimilation and, perhaps more important, provided a vivid demonstration of Jewish strength, fortitutde, determination, and heroism in the face of anti-Semitic calumny at home and impending genocide abroad. Levine's social history of Jews and American sports weaves together this special perspective with bittersweet tales of achievement and overcoming."--American Jewish Archives

"A scholarly exploration of the important role sport played in transforming Jewish immigrants into American Jews."--The Sporting News

"A valuable footnote to American sports history...Makes a major contribution to the field."--Publishers Weekly

"Ellis Island to Ebbets Field is a wonderfully evocative combination of sports and Jewish cultural and athletic life in our country. It tells the stories of Hank Greenberg, Nat Holman, Barney Ross, and many other famous and not so famous Jewish athletes with great insight and appeal."--W.P. Kinsella, author of Shoeless Joe

"Levine tells an important but little-known story."--Elliott J. Gorn, Miami University

"An engaging glimpse into an aspect of Jewish culture often overlooked and ignored. A home run."--Gary David Goldberg, creator of TV's Brooklyn Bridge

"For too long we have focused our historical attention on the political scene--wars and presidents etc. Peter Levine reminds us that sometimes our most revealing history comes from different arenas and playing fields."--Ken Burns, Filmmaker

"A fine study."--Dr. Linda J. Borish, Western Michigan University

"This is history at its best. Ellis Island to Ebbets Field offers much to appreciate and to savor."--Richard C. Crepeau, University of Central Florida
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About Peter Levine

Author of A.J. Spalding and the Rise of Baseball (OUP/USA 1985)
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