Zion in the Valley, Volume II: The Jewish Community of St. Louis, Volume II, The Twentieth Century

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The second volume of a two-volume history of the Jewish community of St. Louis, Zion in the Valley, Volume II covers the St. Louis Jewish population during the twentieth century, continuing where Volume I concluded. Published in 1997, Volume I deals primarily with the achievements of the German Jewish immigrants who dominated the St. Louis Jewish community during the nineteenth century. In the latter part of that century, a second large wave of Jewish immigrants, this time from Eastern Europe, began to arrive in St. Louis. Because the new immigrants differed in so many ways from their German precursors, two separate and decidedly hostile Jewish communities developed: the German/Reform community and the Eastern European/Orthodox community.

The most important development of the twentieth century, and the basic theme of this volume, was how the deep chasm between the two communities was bridged and a new, unified “American Jewish” community free from the earlier hostilities was born. This volume examines in insightful detail how that happened. It looks at Jewish religious and educational institutions; Jewish participation in local political, economic, and civic activities; Jewish cultural, philanthropic, and recreational life; and especially Jewish demographics within the larger St. Louis–area community.

Existing histories of St. Louis barely even allude to its Jewish population. This narrative is based almost entirely upon unused primary sources: archival records, newspapers, reminiscences, interviews, and organizational records. The two volumes together are not only important components of St. Louis history but also a vital part of American urban, ethnic, and immigration history.

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Walter Ehrlich is Professor Emeritus of History and Education at the University of Missouri–St. Louis. He is the author of several books, including Presidential Impeachment: An American Dilemma; They Have No Rights: Dred Scott’s Struggle for Freedom; and We the People: Two Hundred Years of the Constitution.

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"Walter Ehrlich "has written the comprehensive history of the Jews of St. Louis.... This is a good book and an important book. It will be consulted by researchers as long as a copy exists. It is a treasure trove for those wanting to know about a specific synagogue, charitable organization, or community leader." - AMERICAN HISTORICAL REVIEW "Zion in the Valley is elegantly written, and Ehrlich locates the story of St. Louis Jewry within the larger context of American and American Jewish history.... An excellent historical portrayal of a Midwestern Jewish community and makes a valuable contribution to the historiography of the urban American Jewish experience." - JOURNAL OF AMERICAN HISTORY

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