Forged in Freedom Shaping the Jewish-American Experience

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  • Norman H. Finkelstein (author)
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About the Book

Ages 10 and up.

Over the past 100 years, Jewish immigrants, and their children and grandchildren, have made major contributions to our country’s growth and development. In Forged in Freedom, Finkelstein brings to life 10 key turning points in history that affected both the U.S. and American Jews. It includes chapters on labor and justice, Jewish political coming-of-age, the fight against bigotry, the growth of a rich and varied U.S. culture, and the creation of uniquely American expressions of Judaism. There are 65 black and white photos and over 20 feature boxes throughout, as well as a glossary, a timeline of key events, bibliography, notes, and index.


National Jewish Book Award Winner


This is an extraordinary history told by a master historian with skill and elegance.

— David M. Gordis, President, Hebrew College

Norman H. Finkelstein

Norman H. Finkelstein (1941-2024) taught Jewish history at Hebrew College for more than thirty-five years and is the author of 23 nonfiction histories and biographies. Two of his books, Heeding the Call and Forged in Freedom (both available from JPS), won National Jewish Book Awards.

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