The ties that bind: the mutual identity crises of Black and Jewish Americans in the late 1960s

dc.contributor.advisorKennedy, Sean
dc.contributor.advisorBrown, Jeffrey
dc.contributor.authorNason, Michael
dc.description.abstractDuring the late 1960s, American Jews and black Americans went through strikingly similar situations and changes. Each minority struggled with an identity crisis that drove their attention inward to question culture and understand heritage. Both minorities also contended with controversy over racism and prejudice, both within their own ethnic communities and nationally. Furthermore, both groups experienced ideological rifts that sharply divided them in terms of politics and culture. What is even more striking, however, is that these developments were often a product of the tumultuous relationship between each other. Though it is often suggested that the two minorities were allies, I argue that the alliance, even at the best of times, was never clear-cut. This thesis examines the ways in which each group depended on the other for furthering its own purposes and, in doing so, shaped its identities in the process.
dc.description.copyright© Michael Nason, 2012
dc.description.note(UNB thesis number) Thesis 9103. (OCoLC) 840640920.
dc.description.noteM.A. University of New Brunswick, Dept. of History 2013
dc.format.extentiv, 136 pages
dc.identifier.otherThesis 9103
dc.publisherUniversity of New Brunswick
dc.publisherUniversity of New Brunswick (Fredericton)
dc.subject.lcshAfrican Americans--Race identity.
dc.subject.lcshAfrican Americans--History--1964-
dc.subject.lcshAfrican Americans--Relations with Jews.
dc.subject.lcshJews--United States--Identity.
dc.subject.lcshCivil rights movements--United States.
dc.titleThe ties that bind: the mutual identity crises of Black and Jewish Americans in the late 1960s
dc.typemaster thesis of Arts of New Brunswick


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