The Plough Woman: Records of the Pioneer Women of Palestine -- A Critical Edition / Edition 1

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The Plough Woman reveals a fascinating chapter in the history of pioneer Palestine. First published in 1932—and long out of print—this new edition throws light on the complex arena of Palestine and Zionism as well as the intersection between the early Jewish nationalist movement and radical feminists at the turn of the 19th and 20h centuries.

The voices, prose, memoirs, and literature of young Zionist women who emigrated to Palestine in these decades offer an intimate look at life on a veritable frontier. Memoirists discuss tensions in communal living, unsentimentally disclosing the hardships of working and raising families in underserved and isolated agricultural colonies. But as their narratives indicate, these pioneer women were keenly motivated by the vision of a creating a future Jewish homeland, an egalitarian society that would foster and celebrate individual growth, sustain family life, and provide a secure future for all.

Designed for course use, this fully-annotated new edition includes useful biographies of the book’s original contributors, photographs, glossary of terms, and a map of pre-state Israeli society. The editors’ new introductory essays establish the literary and historical context for these narratives, discuss women in Zionist history, and focus on the work and family issues vexing these early pioneers.

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"...extraordinary collection of poignant and courageous voices." —Lilith
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Meet the Author

MARK A. RAIDER, Chair of the Judaic Studies Department and Director of the Center for Jewish Studies at SUNY, Albany, is author of The Emergence of American Zionism (1998) and numerous articles on pre-state Israel and American Zionism. MIRIAM B. RAIDER-ROTH is an Assistant Professor in the School of Education at SUNY, Albany.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Editors' Note
Foreword to the Second Edition
Epilogue to the Second Edition
Introduction to the First Edition
Translator's Note
Mission Statement of the Pioneer Women's Organization (1932)
Mission Statement of Pioneer Women (1975)
Between Text and Context: The Plough Woman in Historical Perspective
The Plough Woman: Identities in the Making
Pt. I In the Beginning
The Collective 3
Those First Years 13
In Sejera 16
The Jewish Guard 18
The Founding of Merhavyah 22
With the Shomrim in Galilee 26
My Aliyah to the Land of Israel 34
With a Kvuzah of Shepherds 38
From Judea to Samaria 41
I Become a Worker 47
Pt. II With the Group
The Kvuzah of Twenty 65
On the Run 69
In the Days of Hassan Bek 75
Twenty-four Hours 79
With A. D. Gordon 84
A Word to the Legionnaires 85
Behind the Front 89
The Workers' Club 92
The Strike in Akko 94
The Strike in Zikhron Yaakov 97
Fighting for Work in Petah Tikvah 100
Destruction of the Havurah in Haifa 102
Pt. III At Work
Stages 109
In the Kvuzah 116
The Woman in the Moshav Ovdim 120
In Nahalal 124
The Meshek Hapoalot in Nahlat Yehudah 126
The Tobacco Kvuzuah 129
The Birth of the Havurah 135
The Havurah of Petah Tikvah 138
Women Build Houses 140
The "Independent" Woman 143
Wife of a Haver 145
Pt. IV With Children
Fundamental Problems 151
Group Upbringing and the Child 157
Children's House and Parents' Room 160
Mothers' Talk 162
Borrowed Mothers 164
Pt. V The Departed
Shoshanah Bogen: Biographical Sketch 169
Shoshanah Bogen: Fragments, From the Letters and Notebooks of Shoshanah Bogen 172
Shoshanah Bogen: On the Last Words of Shoshanah 181
Dvorah Drakhler: Biographical Sketch 183
Sarah Chizhik: Biographical Sketch 187
Sarah Chizhik: Fragments, From the Letters and Diaries of Sarah Chizhik 189
Pessie Abramson: Biographical Sketch 193
Pessie Abramson: Letters of Pessie Abramson 197
Sarah Lishansky: Biographical Sketch 203
Sarah Lishansky: Sarah's Shtetl 207
Rahel Zisle-Levkovich: Biographical Sketch 213
Rahel Zisle-Levkovich: Letters of Rahel Zisle-Levkovich 218
Pt. VI In the Literature
Among Writers 227
Idle Tales 231
Perhaps 231
In the Garden 232
Comfort Me 232
In Sickness 233
To You 233
Barren 233
My Land 234
The Genizah 235
From Language to Language 247
Glossary of Terms 259
Glossary of Names 265
Glossary of Places 277
Selected Bibliography 285
Index 289
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