Straddling Worlds: The Jewish-American Journey of Professor by Steven J Harper

By Steven J Harper

Writer Steven J. Harper can pay tribute to a well-respected instructor with this biography of a distinctive William Smith Mason Professor of heritage at Northwestern college, Richard W. Leopold. Harper had maintained touch together with his former professor, as had hundreds and hundreds of different alumni, assembly with him within the residence to which his age and future health restricted him. whilst Leopold invited him to study his biographical fabrics to organize a brand new York instances obituary, Harper started to trap glimpses of a deeper background in Leopold’s lifestyles: that of Jews in the US after the flip of the century.Across years of Sundays, Leopold’s existence got here jointly and Harper started to detect parallels among the lifetime of his professor and the lifetime of his lately deceased partner's father. either grew up in much less orthodox families yet have been nonetheless pointed out as Jewish by means of others; either attended Ivy League faculties, scuffling with (and beating) anti-Semitism there; and either served their kingdom with contrast in international struggle II. the 2 males endured via a 20th century Jewish-American adventure that they and so forth shared, yet not often mentioned. Steven Harper has stuck them either at the web page simply in time to record their lives, their tradition, and the country that grew and altered along them.

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Although the subject of childhood interests leading to adult professions is interesting, I found a more engaging point of comparison between Dick’s family and Pop’s: They systematically avoided cultural, religious, and ethnic aspects of their Jewish heritage. Both men were raised in homes maintaining an uncomfortable distance between themselves and their Semitic origins. In fact, Pop’s family moved from their east side Cleveland home on 105th Street after “a conservative Jewish temple was built and many Jewish people moved into the area.

The Giants won by a score of four to three,” Dick told me eighty-five years later. ” The Cincinnati Reds won the pennant that year and faced the heavily favored Chicago White Sox in the World Series. ” Eventually, base- “The First Test: The Great Crusade” 21 ball’s first commissioner decreed lifetime banishment for eight players, including Shoeless Joe Jackson and Buck Weaver, because of bribes some players had taken to throw the series in favor of the Reds. As the second game of the series began on October 2, 1919, President Wilson’s efforts to generate popular support for his League of Nations suffered a fatal blow when he had a massive stroke, paralyzing his left side and shattering his dreams of a lasting peace.

When our teachers saw her heading their way, you could hear the whispers: ‘Uh-oh, here comes Mrs. Leopold . ’” * * * When Dick was ten, Harry Jr. enrolled at Phillips Exeter Academy, a college preparatory boarding school for boys in New Hampshire. Neither of his parents had attended college, and they were not sure if either son would attend an institution of higher education. Dick’s brother could have remained at the Franklin School in New York, but Ethel and Blanche toured New England during the summer of 1921 and decided that Harry Jr.

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