The Jews of Chicago

The Jews of Chicago : From Shtetl to Suburb

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Vividly told and richly illustrated with more than 160 photographs, The Jews of Chicago is the fascinating story of the cultural, religious, fraternal, economic, and everyday life of Chicago's Jews. This edition of Irving Cutler's definitive historical volume also includes a new foreword written by the author. The first comprehensive history of Chicago's Jewish population in eighty years, The Jews of Chicago brings to life the people, events, neighborhoods, and institutions that helped shape today's Jewish community. Cutler intertwines neighborhood histories with representative biographical vignettes of some of Chicago's best known figures, such as Edna Ferber, Saul Bellow, Benny Goodman, Mel Torm\u00e9, Studs Terkel, Paul Muni, Mandy Patinkin, Emil G. Hirsch, Julius Rosenwald, Dankmar Adler, Arthur Goldberg, Philip Klutznick, and many others. From their roots in the Old Country to their present-day communities, Cutler captures in extraordinary detail the remarkable saga of the Jews of Chicago.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 336 pages
  • 203.2 x 281.94 x 30.48mm | 1,020.58g
  • University of Illinois Press
  • Baltimore, United States
  • English
  • illustrations, maps
  • 0252021851
  • 9780252021855

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The Jews of Chicago - which carefully describes and differentiates each of the city's major Jewish neighborhoodsincludes original maps showing the numerous institutional facilities that have been so essential to the lives of the communities. The book includes representative biographical vignettes of some of Chicago's best-known figures: Edna Ferber, the first Jew to win a Pulitzer Prize for fiction; Saul Bellow, who won both the Pulitzer Prize and the Nobel Prize for fiction; musicians Benny Goodman and Mel Torme; radio personality Studs Terkel; noted rabbis Emil G. Hirsch, Saul Silber, and Solomon Goldman; actor Paul Muni; actor and musician Mandy Patinkin; businessman and philanthropist Julius Rosenwald; architectural engineer Dankmar Adler; social activist Saul Alinsky; justices Arthur Goldberg, Abraham Lincoln Marovitz, and Abner Mikva, and many others - well known and not so well known. Irving Cutler captures in extraordinary detail the remarkable saga of the Jews of Chicago from their roots in the Old Country to their present-day communities. He explores such questions as who these people were, where they came from, how they adjusted to life in Chicago, and what their current problems and successes are. This definitive history includes a glossary of terms, chronology, notes, and selected bibliography.
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"Deserves a space not only on every Chicagoan's shelf, but on anyone's who is interested in the rich ethnic heritage of the Windy City."--West Coast Jewish News "A splendid study... Presents the story with marvelous visual evidence, photo documentation, and superb ethnographic mapping of Jewish institutions in Chicago."--American Jewish History "Concise and thoughtfully written, The Jews of Chicago extends Chicago Jewish history ... beyond any comparable history. It is a testament not merely to the impressive work that Cutler himself has done, but also to the community he chronicles."--Chicago Jewish History "A thought provoking history of the Jewish community's development in Chicago and its contribution to our city."--Chicago Tribune "Cutler does a masterful job of tracing the history of Chicago's Jews from the German Jews who came in the 1830s and 1840s to the East European Jews who arrived in large numbers from 1880 to 1925."--Jerusalem Post
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About Irving Cutler

Irving Cutler is professor emeritus of geography at Chicago State University and a founding member of the Chicago Jewish Historical Society. He has written extensively on Chicago and is well known for his tours by boat and bus and for his illustrated lectures on Chicago.
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