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Cosmopolitans: A Social and Cultural History of the Jews of the San Francisco Bay Area

Fred Rosenbaum


Levi Strauss, A.L. Gump, Yehudi Menuhin, Gertrude Stein, Adolph Sutro, Congresswoman Florence Prag Kahn—Jewish people have been so enmeshed in life in and around San Francisco that their story is a chronicle of the metropolis itself. Since the Gold Rush, Bay Area Jews have countered stereotypes, working as farmers and miners, boxers and mountaineers. They were Gold Rush pioneers, Gilded Age tycoons, and Progressive Era reformers. Told through an astonishing range of characters and events, this book illuminates many aspects of Jewish life in the area: the high profile of Jewish women, extraordi ... More

Keywords: Gertrude Stein, Jews, San Francisco, Gold Rush, cultural creativity, Holocaust, Zionism, Bay Area, social justice, America

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780520259133
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520259133.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Fred Rosenbaum, author