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America's Jewish Women

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Nonfiction: History
Unabridged   11.5 hour(s)
Publication date: 04/02/2019

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America's Jewish Women

A History from Colonial Times to Today

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Audio CD ISBN:9781684418145
Digital Download ISBN:9781684418152

Summary

A groundbreaking history of how Jewish women maintained their identity and influenced social activism as they wrote themselves into American history.

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A groundbreaking history of how Jewish women maintained their identity and influenced social activism as they wrote themselves into American history.

What does it mean to be a Jewish woman in America? In a gripping historical narrative, Pamela S. Nadell weaves together the stories of a diverse group of extraordinary people—from the colonial-era matriarch Grace Nathan and her great-granddaughter, poet Emma Lazarus, to labor organizer Bessie Hillman and the great justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, to scores of other activists, workers, wives, and mothers who helped carve out a Jewish American identity.

The twin threads binding these women together, she argues, are a strong sense of self and a resolute commitment to making the world a better place. Nadell recounts how Jewish women have been at the forefront of causes for centuries, fighting for suffrage, trade unions, civil rights, and feminism, and hoisting banners for Jewish rights around the world. Informed by shared values of America's founding and Jewish identity, these women's lives have left deep footprints in the history of the nation they call home.

Reviews/Praise

"Toren's steady voice and empathetic tone, clear diction, and comfortable pacing engage listeners with this survey of the personal stories of generations of American Jewish women—from writer Emma Lazarus and social activist Hannah G. Solomon to the forgotten inspirational suffragist Ernestine Potowski Rose, and many others." —AudioFile

“A compelling and well-researched chronicle…The contributions of these remarkable women shine in Nadell’s impressive book.” —Julie Hale, BookPage

“A fascinating portrait of American Jewish women.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Nadell has taken on a big job in covering such a multidimensional, important subject. Nadell does it in informative and succinct style, and the result is a readable, valuable text.” —Publishers Weekly

Author Bio

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 Women Who Would Be Rabbis, a National Jewish Book Award finalist. She lives in North Bethesda, Maryland.