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Author Sanua, Marianne Rachel.

Title Going Greek : Jewish college fraternities in the United States, 1895-1945 / Marianne R. Sanua.

Published Detroit : Wayne State University Press, 2003.


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Physical description 446 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Series American Jewish civilization series.
American Jewish civilization series.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents App. B. Directory of Jewish Fraternity and Sorority Chapters at Selected Colleges and Universities -- App. C. Some Distinguished Alumni -- App. D. Songs of the Jewish Fraternities and Sororities c. 1920s-1950s.
List of Jewish National College Fraternities and Sororities, c. 1993 -- Ch. 1. The Origins of Jewish Fraternities -- Ch. 2. "Oh, Yes, That Nonsectarian Jewish Fraternity": The Search for Identity, 1895-1906 -- Ch. 3. "Great Things on a Great Scale": Expansion and Opposition, 1909-1919 -- Ch. 4. The Golden Age: College Fraternities in the "Roaring Twenties" -- Ch. 5. "A Treacherous Alma Mater": Facing College Antisemitism -- Ch. 6. "What Have I Done?": Intra-Jewish Hostility and the Internalization of Antisemitism -- Ch. 7. "The Idea of Quitting Is Abhorrent": Challenges during the Great Depression -- Ch. 8. Fighting Back and Keeping Up Standards -- Ch. 9. In the Shadow of Hitler: Social Life, Snobbery, and Jewish Identity -- Epilogue: World War II and the Beginning of the End for the Jewish Fraternity System -- App. A. Chapter Rolls of the National Jewish College Fraternities and Sororities to 1968.
Summary "Going Greek offers an unprecedented look at the relationship between American Jewish students and fraternity life during its heyday in the first half of the twentieth century. More than secret social clubs, fraternities and sororities profoundly shaped the lives of members long after they left college - often dictating choices in marriage as well as business alliances. Widely viewed as a key to success, membership in these self-governing, sectarian organizations was desirable but not easily accessible, especially to non-Protestants and nonwhites. In Going Greek Marianne Sanua examines the founding of Jewish fraternities in light of such topics as antisemitism, the unique challenges faced by Jewish students on campuses across the United States, responses to World War II, and questions pertaining to assimilation and/or identity reinforcement."--BOOK JACKET.
Subject Greek letter societies.
Jewish college students -- United States -- Conduct of life.
Jewish youth -- United States -- Societies, etc. -- History.
ISBN 0814328571 (cloth)
081432858X (paperback)