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Jewish Americans and the Movement to Free Soviet Jews: Cold War Culture, Identity Politics and Social Movement Mobilization
Shaul Kelner, Vanderbilt University

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The American Soviet Jewry Movement's "Uneventful" 1968: Cold War Liberalism, Human Interest, and the Politics of the Long Haul (Article)
Title: The American Soviet Jewry Movement's "Uneventful" 1968: Cold War Liberalism, Human Interest, and the Politics of the Long Haul
Author: Shaul Kelner
Abstract: How did the American campaign for Soviet Jewish emigration rights, a movement born in and of the 1960s, manage to pass the tumultuous 1968 in relative quiet? And what does this reveal about the movement itself, its relationship to the politics of the New Left, and the relationship between internal factors and external contexts in shaping how the movement unfolded? This article how the uneventfulness of 1968 for the American Soviet Jewry movement stemmed from the activists’ rejection of the New Left’s strategy of using confrontation to create watershed moments—a rejection rooted in the Soviet Jewry campaign’s implicit Cold War liberalism and desire to coopt, not challenge, American governmental power. While this left the struggle for Soviet Jewry on the sidelines in 1968, it enabled the campaign to successfully enlist the U.S. government as an ally in the decades that followed.
Year: 2018
Primary URL: https://muse.jhu.edu/article/685280
Primary URL Description: Link to article on journal website
Access Model: Subscription
Format: Journal
Periodical Title: American Jewish History
Publisher: American Jewish Historical Society


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