America's Jewish Women: A History from Colonial Times to Today

America's Jewish Women: A History from Colonial Times to Today

by Pamela Nadell


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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 America—from 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 rights—shaping a distinctly Jewish American identity.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393651232
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 03/05/2019
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 1,156,532
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

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

Introduction xi

Prologue 3

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

Acknowledgments 263

Notes 267

Index 303

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