The Jewish woman in America

by Charlotte Baum

Paper Book, 1976




New York : New American Library, 1977, c1976.


This encyclopedia provides the first standard reference work on the lives, history and activities of Jewish women in the United States. Covering a period which extends from the arrival of the first Jewish women in North America in 1654 to the present, this two-volume set presents the most comprehensive and detailed portrait of American Jewish women ever published, and brings together for the first time the wealth of recent scholarship on this subject. Includes: * Biographical entries on over 800 individual women. * 128 topical articles on organizations such as Hadassah, the National Council of Jewish Women, Mizrachi, and the Ladies' Garment Workers' Union. * Major essays on Jewish women's participation in the movement for women's suffrage, social reform, civil rights, and the recent women's movement. * The activities of Jewish women in politics, business, education, the arts, and religion. * A readable, inviting format with over 500 large photographs. * Bibliographies at the end of each entry which include overviews of major scholarship in the field, complete citations of more general works and citations of additional bibliographical and reference sources. * The comprehensive index includes citations to every substantive discussion in the entries as well as all proper names appearing in the text, such as organizations, book, song and film titles, schools, and individuals. The "Encyclopedia" provides information on American Jewish women in all fields of endeavor, and pays special attention to the work of women in the arts, academics, law, the labor movement, education, science, medicine, journalism and publishing, and on the lives of ordinary Jewish women during all time periods and in all regions of the United States.… (more)

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Fascinating look at the experience of Jewish women's experiences in the US, primarily as immigrants and first-generation Americans. The author describes the roles of Jewish women in the countries they emigrated from (focusing on those from Eastern Europe) and discusses how the immigrant experience
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altered those roles in the New World. She also sheds light on the origins of some of the stereotypes of Jewish American women - the "Jewish Mother" and the "Jewish Princess." The book is over 30 years old (1976) - I would be interested in learning about the experiences of Jewish women over the last few decades - but for the period covered, it seems thorough and informative.
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xiii, 290 p.; 21 cm


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