What has it meant to be Jewish in a nation preoccupied with the categories of black and white? Join historian Eric Goldstein, author of The Price of Whiteness, as he shares an overview of the uneasy place Jews have held in America’s racial culture. Dr. Goldstein will trace the often tumultuous encounter with race, from the 1870s through to WWII, when Jews became vested as part of America’s white mainstream. He will also discuss how these issues have shaped the relationship between Jews and African Americans, from the 19th century through contemporary movements for racial justice. A Q & A with Dr. Goldstein will follow his talk.
Professor Goldstein is the author of The Price of Whiteness: Jews, Race, and American Identity