Conference Proceeding: Knowing What Young Readers Don’t: Filling Jewish Holes in Their Knowledge of American History

Jews have been part of the American fabric since 1654, yet you wouldn’t know that from the history courses Jewish kids take. Textbooks reveal little about the Jewish experience and teachers themselves often are not aware. Jews have fought in every American war. They have contributed to every aspect of American life from literature and the arts to science and politics. We are a distinct minority whose story remains hidden. So how can young readers learn about the Jewish presence in American history? Through nonfiction, historical fiction and biographies targeting all aspects of Jewish involvement in the story of America.