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Jewish Girls Coming of Age in America, 1860-1920 (review)

Jewish Girls Coming of Age in America, 1860-1920 (review) local Jewish mercantile success. The Jewish population in triple-digit communities thus encountered regular reminders that as Jews they remained a people apart, even as they managed to integrate themselves to a considerable extent into the social and civic life of their towns. In sum, this volume is an original, much-needed contribution to the rich literature on the Jewish experience in the United States. It will certainly be a standard reference for anyone interested in how German and eastern European Jews built a way of life out of their own social and cultural capital as they responded to the unique demands and constraints of small town America. Jack Glazier Department of Anthropology Oberlin College Jewish Girls Coming of Age in America, 1860­1920, by Melissa Klapper. New York: New York University Press, 2005. 310 pp. $45.00. What did it mean to be young, female, Jewish, and American during the period between 1860 and 1920? In this carefully researched and well presented book, Melissa Klapper (History, Rowan University) uses an exploration of the daily lives of adolescent Jewish girls as an avenue to address larger questions of gender, ethnicity, religion, and education. Drawing on a wealth of primary sources, many of http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies Purdue University Press

Jewish Girls Coming of Age in America, 1860-1920 (review)

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Abstract

local Jewish mercantile success. The Jewish population in triple-digit communities thus encountered regular reminders that as Jews they remained a people apart, even as they managed to integrate themselves to a considerable extent into the social and civic life of their towns. In sum, this volume is an original, much-needed contribution to the rich literature on the Jewish experience in the United States. It will certainly be a standard reference for anyone interested in how German and eastern European Jews built a way of life out of their own social and cultural capital as they responded to the unique demands and constraints of small town America. Jack Glazier Department of Anthropology Oberlin College Jewish Girls Coming of Age in America, 1860­1920, by Melissa Klapper. New York: New York University Press, 2005. 310 pp. $45.00. What did it mean to be young, female, Jewish, and American during the period between 1860 and 1920? In this carefully researched and well presented book, Melissa Klapper (History, Rowan University) uses an exploration of the daily lives of adolescent Jewish girls as an avenue to address larger questions of gender, ethnicity, religion, and education. Drawing on a wealth of primary sources, many of

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Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish StudiesPurdue University Press

Published: Jul 12, 2006

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