Wednesday, December 12, 2007

The Jewish-Americans

PBS has a documentary series next month called "The Jewish-Americans." Today on my KMOX show, I talked with writer/director David Grubin about the show, which traces the history of Jews in America -- from the arrival of 23 Jews from Brazil in 1654 all the way up to the present day.

We discussed why the US has been so good to Jews as they assimilated and ugliness like Henry Ford's anti-semitism and the Supreme Court Justice who refused to have his photo taken next to Louis Brandeis (the first Jewish member of the court). I also asked Grubin about the role of Jewish-Americans in the civil rights movement of the 1960s, and what happened to cause an eventual split between Jews and Blacks.


"The Jewish-Americans" airs on PBS January 9, 16, and 23. You can pre-order the DVD version here. There's also a companion book, which you can order here.