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

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

by Mark A. Raider
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Brandeis University Press

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

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781584651833
Publisher: Brandeis University Press
Publication date: 08/01/2002
Series: Tauber Institute Series for the Study of European Jewry
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 377
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsxv
Editors' Notexvii
Foreword to the Second Edition (1975)xxi
Epilogue to the Second Edition (1975)xxv
Introduction to the First Edition (1931)xxix
Translator's Note (1932)xxxi
Mission Statement of the Pioneer Women's Organization (1932)xxxv
Mission Statement of Pioneer Women (1975)xxxvii
Between Text and Context: The Plough Woman in Historical Perspective (2002)xxxix
The Plough Woman: Identities in the Making (2002)lix
Part IIn the Beginning
The Collective3
Those First Years13
In Sejera16
The Jewish Guard18
The Founding of Merhavyah22
With the Shomrim in Galilee26
My Aliyah to the Land of Israel34
With a Kvuzah of Shepherds38
From Judea to Samaria41
I Become a Worker47
Part IIWith the Group
The Kvuzah of Twenty65
On the Run69
In the Days of Hassan Bek75
Twenty-four Hours79
With A. D. Gordon84
A Word to the Legionnaires85
Behind the Front89
The Workers' Club92
The Strike in Akko94
The Strike in Zikhron Yaakov97
Fighting for Work in Petah Tikvah100
Destruction of the Havurah in Haifa102
Part IIIAt Work
In the Kvuzah116
The Woman in the Moshav Ovdim120
In Nahalal124
The Meshek Hapoalot in Nahlat Yehudah126
The Tobacco Kvuzah129
The Birth of the Havurah135
The Havurah of Petah Tikvah138
Women Build Houses140
The "Independent" Woman143
Wife of a Haver145
Part IVWith Children
Fundamental Problems151
Group Upbringing and the Child157
Children's House and Parents' Room160
Mothers' Talk162
Borrowed Mothers164
Part VThe Departed
Shoshanah Bogen
Biographical Sketch169
Fragments, From the Letters and Notebooks of Shoshanah Bogen172
On the Last Words of Shoshanah181
Dvorah Drakhler
Biographical Sketch183
Sarah Chizhik
Biographical Sketch187
Fragments, From the Letters and Diaries of Sarah Chizhik189
Pessie Abramson
Biographical Sketch193
Letters of Pessie Abramson197
Sarah Lishansky
Biographical Sketch203
Sarah's Shtetl207
Rahel Zisle-Levkovich
Biographical Sketch213
Letters of Rahel Zisle-Levkovich218
Part VIIn the Literature
Among Writers227
Idle Tales231
In the Garden232
Comfort Me232
In Sickness233
To You233
My Land234
The Genizah235
From Language to Language247
Glossary of Terms259
Glossary of Names265
Glossary of Places277
Selected Bibliography285

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