Winner of the 2019 Everett Family Foundation Book of the Year Award from the Jewish Book Council “A welcome addition to the American historical canon.”Jordana Horn, New York Times Book Review
Pamela S. Nadell weaves together the complex story of Jewish women in Americafrom colonial-era matriarch Grace Nathan and her great-granddaughter, poet Emma Lazarus, to Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Recounting how Jewish women have been at the forefront of social, economic, and political causes for centuries, Nadell shows them fighting for suffrage, labor unions, civil rights, feminism, and religious rightsshaping a distinctly Jewish American identity.
Pamela S. Nadell is the Patrick Clendenen Chair in Women’s and Gender History and director of Jewish studies at American University. Her books include America's Jewish Women and Women Who Would Be Rabbis, a National Jewish Book Award finalist. She lives in North Bethesda, Maryland.
Table of Contents
1 "Many are the blessings I partake of": America's Early Jewish Women 9
2 "Mothers in Israel": The American Jewesses 55
3 "A new kind of Jewess": Eastern European Jewish Women in America 109
4 "Woman is looking around and ahead": Wider Worlds 157
5 "Down from the pedestal… up from the laundry room": Into the Future 217
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