ISS 335 Feb 26th - ISS 335 Lecture Feb 26th 2008 Jewish...

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ISS 335 Lecture Feb 26 th , 2008 Jewish Americans Immigration and Settlement Sephardic Jews (Spaniards and Portuguese) German Jews (the great wave – 1840-1850s) East European Jews (Russian Jews beyond 1810s) Jewish Demography Today - -5.2 million 2003 -In the US more than 40% of the world’s Jewish population live in the US See table 8.1 Jewish Americans in the Class System Ethnic and class factors in upward mobility -Rich business people – owners of famous department stores Group culture – “achievement syndrome” Group Opportunities – the class structure rather than the ethnic association -Urban people engaged in business and commerce -High value attached to education – relative to other groups See table 8.2 for 2001 socio- economic status (pg.225) Jewish Americans in the Political System Political and economic Power -Early participation in the congress 19 th century -Continuous increase: overrepresented relative to their population in the US population -2003 11% of the senate 6% house
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