Devotion to a Glorious Past

Winnie Davis, the daughter of Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederacy, died in 1898 in Rhode Island.  An elaborate public funeral procession was held in her honor, and a funeral train carried her body to Richmond, Virginia, stopping in various cities along the way to allow people to view the body.  A similar, slightly smaller, […]

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A Call for Empathy

The Huffington Post is a favorite blog of mine, so when in the course of my surfing I ran across Jeffrey Kaye’s February 25th article, “Short Memories: Jews and Immigration,” I thought it was a really timely post given last week’s discussion. Kaye’s thesis is simple but hardly without controversy, “that the Jewish immigration experience […]

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Sara Smolinsky v. Rebecca Rubin

“When you choose an American Girl doll, you’ll discover a new world of imagination. That’s because each character stars in unique stories of courage, loyalty, compassion, and leadership. Learn how the challenges and joys of growing up in another era still relate to girls in 2010. Explore books and products developed to encourage play and […]

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This week 2/17

For those outside the class who are interested in joining the conversation online, this week we are reading: Anzia Yezierska’s 1925 novel, Bread Givers, which tells the story of Sara Smolinsky, a Jewish immigrant girl struggling to make her way in the world. Two articles from The Public Historian. — Ruth J. Abram, “Kitchen Conversations: […]

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Two Worlds, Two Identities: Tradition and Womanhood in Bread Givers

At first glance, I assumed that this week’s topic (immigrant communities) would be primarily a study of class, race, and religion. Therefore, it surprised me that upon completing Bread Givers, my strongest reaction came from a gendered perspective. Because of my perception of Judaism as fairly liberal in regard to women’s issues, I had not […]

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As Yes said, “Move Me onto Any Black Square, Use Me Anytime You Want.” (Not really.)

Forgive my use of song lyrics, but it’s the first thing that popped into my head as I thought about this topic. In class on February 10, we talked about the similarities (if any) between Jack Johnson, the first African American heavyweight champion, and W.E.B. Du Bois. It all came down to masculinity. This doesn’t […]

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Du Bois the Blogger?

Our discussion this morning got me wondering, if W.E.B. Du Bois were alive today would he be a blogger?  As we were discussing what makes a good blog post, it occurred to me that Du Bois’s editorials from The Crisis fit the criteria perfectly.  Du Bois often used provocative titles and clear, focused writing to […]

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