By Steven J Harper
Author Steven J. Harper can pay tribute to a well-respected instructor with this biography of a extraordinary William Smith Mason Professor of historical past at Northwestern college, Richard W. Leopold. Harper had maintained touch together with his former professor, as had enormous quantities of alternative alumni, assembly with him within the condominium to which his age and overall healthiness constrained him. whilst Leopold invited him to study his biographical fabrics to arrange a big apple Times obituary, Harper started to trap glimpses of a deeper historical past in Leopold’s lifestyles: that of Jews in the USA after the flip of the century.
Across years of Sundays, Leopold’s lifestyles got here jointly and Harper started to discover parallels among the lifetime of his professor and the lifetime of his lately deceased spouse's father. either grew up in much less orthodox families yet have been nonetheless pointed out as Jewish via others; either attended Ivy League schools, scuffling with (and beating) anti-Semitism there; and either served their kingdom with contrast in global warfare II. the 2 males continued via a 20th century Jewish-American event that they and so forth shared, yet hardly ever mentioned. Steven Harper has stuck them either at the web page simply in time to rfile their lives, their tradition, and the state that grew and altered along them.