Two New Resources: Twentieth Century Religious Thought (Volume 1: Christianity), Jewish Life in America, c1654-1954

Twentieth Century Religious Thought (Volume 1: Christianity)

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“Twentieth Century Religious Thought is a multi-volume, cross-searchable online collection that brings together the seminal works and archival materials related to key worldwide religious thinkers from the early 1900s until the turn of the 21st century.
Twentieth Century Religious Thought will help students and scholars understand multiple perspectives by letting users:
•       Browse by type of theology, author, religion, and work.
•       Experience the conversations within and between schools of thought in a transnational perspective.
•       Explore rare, international, in-copyright materials and personal papers not otherwise accessible.
•       Compare select documents in their native languages and in English translations.
•       Use archival materials to critically examine key writings in context.
•       Examine the nuances of individual religious practice.
•       Trace how belief systems grew and diversified as a result of the Great Depression, World War I and II, globalization, scientific discovery, and other major events.
•       Access links to related Web sites and resources.”

Jewish Life in America, c1654-1954

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This collection illuminates key topics such as:
The evolution of early Jewish Settlements in areas such as New York, Rhode Island and Philadelphia; The immigration process and structures of support for those arriving from the Old World – the differing experiences of immigrants and, from the late 19th century, strategies adopted at Ellis Island and in Galveston; The role of Jews in the American War of Independence and the Civil War; The role of the synagogue as a focal point for Jewish communities; The development of Jewish schools and charitable institutions; Westward expansion and the attempts to establish Jewish farms; The Jewish Diaspora – the influx of Jews from Western Europe, Eastern Europe and other places around the world and their dispersal across America; The garment industry, peddling, general stores, finance and diversification into other industries; The development of differing strands of Judaism in America – Reform, Conservative, Reconstructionism and Orthodoxy – and the roots of this in patterns of immigration and in societal changes; Reaching out to Jewish communities around the world – especially to Russia, Romania, Germany and Eastern Europe; American Jewish involvement in the Spanish-American War, World War I and World War II; Involvement in Civil Rights and Minority Rights issues.”

Both new databases can be accessed using the Divinity School Library catalog.