Kosher Southern Belles and Yankee Bubbies Confront America’s Greatest Crisis:
Jewish Women and the Civil War
Sunday, November 10, 2013 at 1:00pm
At the end of the Civil War, Jewish community leaders and historians rushed to document the bloody sacrifices made by “men of the Hebrew faith” to the nation’s greatest struggle. However, the contributions of American Jewish women – both Northerners and Southerners – have only recently begun to be appreciated. As nurses, teachers, homemakers, merchants, and even convicts and spies, these Jewish daughters of the Union and the Confederacy were deeply involved in their country’s fate at a crucial moment in its history. Despite deep fissures between Jewish women in the North and South, the very strength of their passions highlights the extent to which they embraced their identity as Americans -not only for its wartime relevance, but also for a longer-term understanding of Jewish integration into American society.
Lecture given by Dr. Lauren B. Strauss. Dr. Strauss is a professor of Modern Jewish History and Culture at the George Washington University in D.C. She is also the Executive Director of the Foundation for Jewish Studies in Rockville, MD.”
November is a special “themed program” month, focusing on the stories of women and the Civil War to complement our current exhibition Passages Through the Fire: Jews and the Civil War. We would like to give special thanks to the Morton K. and Jane Blaustein Foundation for supporting this exhibition and its special programming.
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