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'Why in Heaven's Name Expect Us to Mingle?': Jewish and Christian Soldiers in WWI American Military

Tuesday, June 26, 2018: 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Venue: The Filson Historical Society

Add To Calendar   26/06/2018 17:00:00 26/06/2018 19:00:00 America/Anguilla 'Why in Heaven's Name Expect Us to Mingle?': Jewish and Christian Soldiers in WWI American Military Tuesday, June 26, Gallery open, 5:00 p.m.; Lecture 6:00-7:00 p.m. | Dr. Jessica Cooperman explores the impact of soldier's welfare services provided by independent religious organizations during WWI. Sponsored by the Jewish Heritage Fund for Excellence. The Filson Historical Society, 1310 South 3rd Street, Louisville, Kentucky, 40208 The Filson Historical Society info@filsonhistorical.org false DD/MM/YYYY


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World War I American military camps, such as Louisville’s Camp Zachary Taylor, were far more than training sites. As places where young people from different states, communities, and traditions met and negotiated life together, they served as vast laboratories for testing both Progressive Era Americanization policies and new ideas about religious pluralism in the United States. This lecture explores the impact of soldiers’ welfare services provided through independent religious organizations such as the Protestant YMCA, the Catholic Knights of Columbus, and the Jewish Welfare Board. It considers the goals that these different agencies brought into American military camps, and focuses on the responses of soldiers, particularly Jewish soldiers, as they trained both to fight and to redefine ideas about American religion. Jessica Cooperman is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Religion Studies and  Director of the Jewish Studies Program at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA. She earned her Ph.D. at New York University's join degree program in History and Hebrew and Judaic Studies. She teaches courses on modern Jewish history and culture, religion in the United States, and religion and violence. Her research focuses on American Judaism and American Jewish history and she is particularly interested in the relationship between religion and the modern state. Her book, Making Judaism Safe for America: World War I and the Origins of Religious Pluralism will be published by NYU Press in September 2018, and her next project will look at interfaith organizations in 20th century America.
'Why in Heaven's Name Expect Us to Mingle?': Jewish and Christian Soldiers in WWI American Military

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