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Ballots, Babies, and Banners of Peace

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Ballots, Babies, and Banners of Peace

Ballots, Babies, and Banners of Peace

Uncovers the powerful effects of 20th-century Jewish women's social and political activism on contemporary American life Winner of the 2013 National Jewish Book Award, Women's Studies Ballots, Babies, and Banners of Peace explores the social and political activism of American Jewish women from 1890 to the beginnings of World War II. Written in an engaging style, the book demonstrates that no history of the birth control, suffrage, or peace movements in the United States is complete without analyzing the impact of Jewish women's presence. The volume is based on years of extensive primary source research in more than a dozen archives and among hundreds of primary sources, many of which have previously never been seen. Voluminous personal papers and institutional records paint a vivid picture of a world in which both middle-class and working-class American Jewish women were consistently and publicly engaged in all the major issues of their day and worked closely with their non-Jewish counterparts on behalf of activist causes. This extraordinarily well-researched volume makes a unique contribution to the study of modern women's history, modern Jewish history, and the history of American social movements.

Why We Recommend Ballots, Babies, and Banners of Peace

Professor Melissa Klapper’s book focuses on the work of American Jewish women in the decades surrounding the suffrage movement. More than just tracing the work in which American Jewish women were involved, the book also looks at the interaction between Jewish women and their non-Jewish counterparts in working toward suffrage. The results of this award-winning volume will directly inform the upcoming lecture at Museum of the Bible and be of interest to anyone who wants to know more about modern women’s and Jewish history.

Size and Weight

Ballots, Babies, and Banners of Peace measures 9" x 6" x .8" and weighs 1.4 lbs. It has 301 pages.


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