Nations Divided

American Jews and the Struggle over Apartheid

Authors: Feld, M.

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A pioneering study of American Jewish involvement in the fight against racial injustice in South Africa.

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"Feld has written an important and sobering book about how American Jews responded to South African apartheid. Her research brings us inside the multiple Jewish communities engaged with thie anti-apartheid struggle, vividly illustrating both what united American Jewish activists and what divided them. The relationship of South Africa to Israel was, of course, central to the issue, but so were debates over the importance of Jewish unity and the proper balance to strike between universalist ethics and more parochial concerns about Jewish security. In Feld's book these debates and disagreements are fully aired and explored, deepening our understanding of the various motivations for Jewish political activism, and reminding us how thoroughly international and domestic concerns intertwined to shape the views of American activists." - Cheryl Greenberg, Paul E. Raether Distinguished Professor of History, Trinity College, USA

"Nations Divided examines the controversy among American Jewish activists and organizations over South African apartheid. Marjorie Feld illuminates the contradictions among the Jewish commitment to social justice, unwavering support for Israel, and how best to pressure the racist regime in South Africa. Feld's focus on the politics of identity, solidarity and nationalism deepens our understanding of the multicultural connections across transnational struggles against oppression." - David Hostetter, author of Movement Matters: American Antiapartheid Activism and the Rise of Multicultural Politics (2005)

"Why did prominent American Jewish leaders during the Cold War hesitate to take an early or decisive stand against the manifest injustice that was South African apartheid? And by what spiritual and political paths did other American Jews become anti-apartheid activists interpreting their Jewishness as integral to their struggle on behalf of the liberation of Black South Africans? In laying out her sensitive and deeply-researched responses to these questions (and much more besides), Feld has given us a terrifically innovative and exciting book that is certain to become a landmark contribution not only to American Jewish history, but also to post-colonial studies and the history of global human rights." - Michael E. Staub, author of Torn at the Roots: The Crisis of Jewish Liberalism in Postwar America (2002)


Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • Introduction: Apartheid and American Jews

    Feld, Marjorie N.

    Pages 1-7

  • Postwar Conflicts over Racial Justice

    Feld, Marjorie N.

    Pages 9-19

  • American Zionism and African Liberation

    Feld, Marjorie N.

    Pages 21-39

  • Jews or Radicals?

    Feld, Marjorie N.

    Pages 41-61

  • “South Africa Needs Friends”: Cold War Narratives and Counternarratives

    Feld, Marjorie N.

    Pages 63-86

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Hardcover $100.00
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Nations Divided
Book Subtitle
American Jews and the Struggle over Apartheid
Authors
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-02972-0
DOI
10.1057/9781137029720
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-02970-6
Softcover ISBN
978-1-137-02971-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 234
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