Jewish Women Pioneering the Frontier Trail: A History in the American West [NOOK Book]

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The image of the West looms large in the American imagination. Yet the history of American Jewry and particularly of American Jewish women—has been heavily weighted toward the East. Jewish Women Pioneering the Frontier Trail rectifies this omission as the first full book to trace the history and contributions of Jewish women in the American West.

In many ways, the Jewish experience in the West was distinct. Given the still-forming social landscape, beginning with the 1848 Gold ...

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Jewish Women Pioneering the Frontier Trail: A History in the American West

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Overview

The image of the West looms large in the American imagination. Yet the history of American Jewry and particularly of American Jewish women—has been heavily weighted toward the East. Jewish Women Pioneering the Frontier Trail rectifies this omission as the first full book to trace the history and contributions of Jewish women in the American West.

In many ways, the Jewish experience in the West was distinct. Given the still-forming social landscape, beginning with the 1848 Gold Rush, Jews were able to integrate more fully into local communities than they had in the East. Jewish women in the West took advantage of the unsettled nature of the region to “open new doors” for themselves in the public sphere in ways often not yet possible elsewhere in the country. Women were crucial to the survival of early communities, and made distinct contributions not only in shaping Jewish communal life but outside the Jewish community as well. Western Jewish women's level of involvement at the vanguard of social welfare and progressive reform, commerce, politics, and higher education and the professions is striking given their relatively small numbers.

This engaging work—full of stories from the memoirs and records of Jewish pioneer women—illuminates the pivotal role these women played in settling America's Western frontier.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814707272
  • Publisher: New York University Press
  • Publication date: 9/29/2006
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 288
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author


Jeanne Abrams is professor at Penrose Library at the University of Denver and the longtime director of the Beck Archives and the Rocky Mountain Jewish Historical Society, part of the Center for Judaic Studies and Penrose Library. She is the author of Blazing the Tuberculosis Trail: The Religio-Ethnic Role of Four Sanatoria in Early Denver and co-author of A Place to Heal, The History of National Jewish Medical and Research Center.

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