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"The Air is Becoming Full of War"

MARY ANN IRWIN
Pacific Historical Review
Vol. 74, No. 3 (August 2005), pp. 331-366
DOI: 10.1525/phr.2005.74.3.331
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1525/phr.2005.74.3.331
Page Count: 36
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Abstract

This article examines the responses of Jewish San Franciscans to World War I, comparing reactions of Jewish and non-Jewish Americans and considering regional differences in the Jewish response. The primary source is the Emanu-El, San Francisco's only Jewish newspaper during the war. Comparing the San Francisco experience with that of New York, the article argues that, while San Francisco Jews shared many of their fellow citizens' feelings toward the nations at war, the �ghting in Europe raised troubling issues for Jewish Americans, as well as problems they did not share with other Americans. In key respects, region mattered more than religious identi�cation: Jewish San Franciscans tended to view the war as westerners rather than as Jews, but war exacerbated tensions within American Jewry and added urgency to leaders' efforts to create consensus, especially on such controversial issues as Zionism.

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