Going South: Jewish Women in the Civil Rights Movement by Debra L. Schultz, Blanche Wiesen Cook | | 9780814797747 | Hardcover | Barnes & Noble
Going South: Jewish Women in the Civil Rights Movement

Going South: Jewish Women in the Civil Rights Movement

by Debra L. Schultz, Blanche Wiesen Cook
     
 

ISBN-10: 0814797741

ISBN-13: 9780814797747

Pub. Date: 03/01/2001

Publisher: New York University Press

Many people today know that the 1964 murder in Mississippi of twoJewish men—Mickey Schwerner and Andrew Goodman—and their Black colleague, James Chaney, marked one of the most wrenching episodes of the civil rights movement. Yet very few realize that Andrew Goodman had been in Mississippi for one day when he was killed; Rita Schwerner, Mickey's wife, had

Overview

Many people today know that the 1964 murder in Mississippi of twoJewish men—Mickey Schwerner and Andrew Goodman—and their Black colleague, James Chaney, marked one of the most wrenching episodes of the civil rights movement. Yet very few realize that Andrew Goodman had been in Mississippi for one day when he was killed; Rita Schwerner, Mickey's wife, had been organizing in Mississippi for six difficult months. Organized around a rich blend of oral histories, Going South follows a group of Jewish women—come of age in the shadow of the Holocaustand deeply committed to social justice—who put their bodies and lives on the line to fight racism. Actively rejecting the post-war idyll of suburban, Jewish, middle-class life, these women were deeply influenced by Jewish notions of morality and social justice. Many thus perceived the call of the movement as positively irresistible. Representing a link between the sensibilities of the early civil rights era and contemporary efforts to move beyond the limits of identity politics, the book provides a resource for all who are interested in anti-racism, the civil rights movement, social justice, Jewish activism and radical women's traditions.

Author Biography: Debra L. Schultz, a feminist historian, is Director of Programs of The Open Society Institute (Soros Foundations) Network Women's Program, which works to include women in the development of more democratic societies.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814797747
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
03/01/2001
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.25(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword by Blanche Wiesen Cookvii
Acknowledgmentsix
Prefacexiii
Introduction: Making the Decision1
I Taking the Action
1 Going South, 1960-196331
2 Moving In On Mississippi, 1963-196557
3 Crossing Boundaries: Jewishness in the South,
1960-196791
II Seeking the Legacy
4 Uncovering Family Legacies129
5 Exploring Many Ways of Being Jewish162
6 Creating a Living Legacy: Passing It On193
Bibliography207
Index223
About the Author229

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