Journals Higher Education



Published: 01 May 2017

232 Pages

5-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780190253196

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Set in Stone

America's Embrace of the Ten Commandments

Jenna Weissman Joselit

  • A prominent historian and engaging story-teller takes the reader from Indian burial mounds in nineteenth-century Ohio to the sand dunes of 1920s California and into the civic squares of the 1950s to reveal the centrality of the Ten Commandments to American identity
  • Shows that the Ten Commandments became the public face of the American Jewish community, internally through stained glass and externally through the deployment of large scale sculptural Decalogues, shedding light on American Jewry's bid for acceptance in the United States
  • Places in context the contemporary debate surrounding the public display of the Ten Commandments