This work features 646 essays covering 654 people (including 124 women) from the eighteenth century to the present. Many individuals are household names, famous for high profile professions in entertainment, politics, and business, while others have received less public attention but made important contributions to civil rights and science or helped pave the way for others in their community in areas such as education and sports. The subjects of these essays are Jewish Americans who undertook a wide range of endeavors from colonial times into the twenty first century coverage that is essential in any liberal arts curriculum. An alphabetical list of contents can be found in the front of every volume, as well as a pronunciation key. A multitude of sidebars provide key information on notable achievements, career highlights, and important causes. Appendixes include a Chronological List of Entries, a comprehensive Bibliography, a list of Research Centers and Libraries, and several lists detailing books, movies, and television shows that explore the Jewish American experience. Geographical, Personage, and Subject Indexes round out the set.
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