Imprint:University of Toronto Press
Dimensions:9in x 6 x 0.95 in | 600 gr
Page Count:436 pages
Illustrations:19 b&w illustrations, 2 b&w maps
Faces in the Crowd is an exploration of the lives and contributions of Jews to Canada.
The Jews were the first ethno-cultural minority to arrive in Canada, settling in Quebec in 1759. Their story is analogous to the experiences of subsequent immigrants as they arrived and settled into their new homes.
Faces in the Crowd sheds light on the unique immigrant experience of the Jews in Canada by focusing on three processes: settlement, adaptation, and diversity. Drawing on case studies from the eighteenth century to the present day, Franklin Bialystok introduces the people and personalities who made up the Canadian Jewish experience. An appendix offers profiles of prominent individuals who have contributed to Canadian life since the Second World War, including business owners, rabbis, politicians, academics, writers, musicians, and entertainers.
Exploring the immigrant experience through the lens of the collective, Bialystok adds new research, unique insights, and, best of all, memorable stories to the history of Jewish life in Canada.
"With Faces in the Crowd, Franklin Bialystok offers his readers an artfully thoughtful and thorough retelling of the Canadian Jewish story from the colonial era to our own day."- Harold Troper, University of Toronto
"Bialystok weaves cogent historical analysis and master storytelling to offer a fresh and engaging account of the Canadian Jewish experience from its roots to the present day. Faces in the Crowd elegantly speaks equally to the student, scholar, and general reader interested in the immigrant experience."- Rebecca Margolis, Monash University
"No one has yet offered such a vibrant and well-informed narrative of Canadian Jewish history, from the very beginning to the present. Faces in the Crowd is a pleasure to read, follows a clear path, and contains much material that has remained to this day unexplored. Bialystok’s study will do much to open the gates to a better understanding of one of the country’s most significant minorities."- Pierre Anctil, University of Ottawa
"Bialystok has written a highly informative, engaging, and insightful history of the Canadian Jewish experience. It will be useful to students and scholars alike, and easily accessible to a broader Canadian public."- Morton Weinfeld, McGill University