Moses Rischin (born 1925) is an American Jewish historian, author, lecturer, editor, and emeritus professor of history at San Francisco State University. He coined the phrase new Mormon history in a 1969 article of the same name. Rischin is from New York City. His undergraduate studies were at Brooklyn College. Harvard University awarded him a PhD in 1957. In addition to his professorship, he sits on the board for the Journal of American Ethnic History and on the council of the American Jewish History Society. There is an annual lecture given in his honor at the Western Jewish History Center, where he is director. There is a collection of historical essays published in Rischin's honor, and a supporting character, Meyer Meyer in the 87th Precinct series, may have been partly modeled after him.
Rischin is considered an authority on American ethnic and immigration history and a pioneer in the field of American Jewish history. Historian Selma Berrol, however, has challenged the minimal treatment Rischin has given to the tensions between earlier German Jews and later Russian Jews in America.
- The Promised City: New York's Jews, 1870-1914 (Harvard University Press) ISBN 978-0674715011
- Jews of the American West, with John Livingston (Wayne State University Press) ISBN 0-8143-2171-2
Articles and essays
- "The New Mormon History", The American West 6, March 1969, 49.
- "The Jewish Experience in America: A View from the West"
- Foreword to California Jews (2003) Brandeis University Press
- My Jewish Learning: The Lower East Side
- Lehrhaus Judaica - The Adult School For Jewish Studies
- Bulletin-Faculty R & S
- Browse Journals
- AJHS: Academic Council Member
- j. - Jewish history center marks three decades of capturing the past
- An Inventory of Promises: Essays on American Jewish History : In Honor of Moses Rischin by Jeffrey S. Gurock and Marc Lee Raphael (Carlson Publishing, 1996)
- Daniel Traister's Home Page-MEMORY
- "Utopia as a camouflage : The case of Abe Cahan and his legacy
- "Abigail Rischin, David A. Moss". The New York Times. 1993-06-07. Retrieved 2010-05-13.
- Western Jewish History Center || The Magnes
- Jason Schulman
- Salon Newsreal | "Historians in Defense of the Constitution"
- The Washington Post. 1998-10-30 http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/politics/special/clinton/stories/petition102898.htm
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