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The Jews of Chicago

From Shtetl to Suburb (Ethnic History of Chicago)

By Irving Cutler

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Format: Paperback, 316 pages
Other Information: 162 photographs
Published In: United States, 12 December 2008
Vividly told and richly illustrated with more than 160 photographs, The Jews of Chicago is the fascinating story of the cultural, religious, fraternal, economic, and everyday life of Chicago's Jews. This edition of Irving Cutler's definitive historical volume also includes a new foreword written by the author. The first comprehensive history of Chicago's Jewish population in eighty years, The Jews of Chicago brings to life the people, events, neighborhoods, and institutions that helped shape today's Jewish community. Cutler intertwines neighborhood histories with representative biographical vignettes of some of Chicago's best known figures, such as Edna Ferber, Saul Bellow, Benny Goodman, Mel Tormu00e9, Studs Terkel, Paul Muni, Mandy Patinkin, Emil G. Hirsch, Julius Rosenwald, Dankmar Adler, Arthur Goldberg, Philip Klutznick, and many others. From their roots in the Old Country to their present-day communities, Cutler captures in extraordinary detail the remarkable saga of the Jews of Chicago.

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The fascinating, fully illustrated story of Chicago's vibrant Jewish community

About the Author

Irving Cutler is professor emeritus of geography at Chicago State University and a founding member of the Chicago Jewish Historical Society. He has written extensively on Chicago and is well known for his tours by boat and bus and for his illustrated lectures on Chicago.


"Chicago is a city with cold winters and hot summers. Although it has a sad history of corrupt civic politicians, it has given us our present president and it has been generally hospitable to a vibrant Jewish community. The saga of that community is well told in this excellent presentation." Jerusalem Post , July 2009

EAN: 9780252076442
ISBN: 0252076443
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Dimensions: 27.69 x 19.56 x 2.29 centimetres (0.88 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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