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Making of an Ethnic Middle Class
Portland Jewry over Four Generations
Making of an Ethnic Middle Class
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William Toll - Author
SUNY series in Modern Jewish Literature and Culture
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Hardcover - 254 pages
Release Date: June 1983
ISBN10: 0-87395-609-5
ISBN13: 978-0-87395-609-3

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Paperback - 254 pages
Release Date: June 1983
ISBN10: 0-87395-610-9
ISBN13: 978-0-87395-610-9

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Summary

The Making of an Ethnic Middle Class explains how European Jews of diverse cultural and social backgrounds coalesced over four generations into a middle-class community. By utilizing numerous oral histories to complement statistical data from public sources such as the federal manuscript censuses and public school enrollment cards, William Toll has succeeded in tracing in minute detail the contours of change. The study focuses particularly on the role of women to demonstrate how dramatic changes in the size and composition of the family and in sex roles, more than changes in the workplace, eroded European traditions.

William Toll teaches American Jewish history at the University of Oregon.


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Table of Contents

List of Tables

Acknowledgments

Introduction: Social Process and Ethnic Identity, A Complex Relationship

1. Ethnicity, Mobility, and Class: The Origins of a Jewish Social Structure, 1855-1900

2. Jewish Women and Social Modernization, 1870-1930

3. Civic Activism: The Public and Private Sources of Ethnic Identity

4. The Immigrant District and the New Middle Class, 1900-1930

5. An Entrenched Middle Class and a Politicized Ethnicity, 1930-1045

Conclusion

A Note on Sources and Methods

Notes

Index



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