The Journey Home

The Journey Home

by Joyce Antler
     
 

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A unique, positive collection of essays profiles a number of forgotten female Jewish leaders who played key roles in various American social and political movements, from suffrage and birth control to civil rights and fair labor practices.See more details below

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A unique, positive collection of essays profiles a number of forgotten female Jewish leaders who played key roles in various American social and political movements, from suffrage and birth control to civil rights and fair labor practices.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This overview of the lives of outstanding American Jewish women from 1890 to the present emphasizes their achievements against the background of their religion. According to Antler (Lucy Sprague Mitchell: The Making of a Modern Woman), the accomplishments of Jewish women have been marginalized in most histories of American life. She has taken 50 women from many backgrounds including literature (Edna Ferber, Gertrude Stein), show business (Sophie Tucker, Fannie Brice), Zionism (Henrietta Szold, Jessie Sampter) and feminism (Betty Friedan, Bella Abzug), and here gives a well-researched and lively portrait of each as well as highlighting their connections to their religion. Antler convincingly argues that Jewish women took activist roles in 20th-century social movements because fighting for justice is part of the Jewish tradition. She also describes how each woman came to terms with having both a female and a Jewish identity. (Mar.)
Library Journal
In this fascinating and persuasive work, Antler (women's studies, Brandeis Univ.) explores the lives of notable 20th-century Jewish American women from Emma Lazarus, Emma Goldman, and Golda Meir to Bella Abzug, Adrienne Rich, and Wendy Wasserstein. Antler traces childhood influences and how each woman rose to her accomplishments. She clearly demonstrates how "a century of impressive achievement nonetheless also chronicles a cross-generational pattern of tension, ambivalence, struggle, and displacement." She emphasizes how Jewish women today are "the most dynamic resource for the survival and continuity of Jewish life in America." She also provides valuable information on lesser-known figures. A seminal study; highly recommended for both public and academic libraries.Marcia G. Welsh, Guilford Free Lib., Ct.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781439138380
Publisher:
Free Press
Publication date:
05/11/2010
Sold by:
SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
432
Sales rank:
520,217
File size:
2 MB

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Blanche Wiesen Cook
Thrilling, important, generative. . . .Wonderful portraits of America's most fascinating Jewish women comprise this heartening weave of history, literature, entertainment, and politics. -- Author of Eleanor Roosevelt

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