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ARCHIVED: Black-Jewish Relations in America

On October 28, 2008, Michael Alexander gave a presentation entitled "After Jolson Sang Swannee: What Jewish Minstrelsy Can Tell Us About Black-Jewish Relations". Michael Alexander teaches at UC Riverside and is author of Jazz Age Jews, winner of the Nation Jewish Book Award. He discusses how the relative absence of Jewish marginalization in America (in contrast to Europe) impacted the ways in which Jews related to African Americans, arguably the country's most marginalized group, during the early twentieth century.