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Melissa Klapper, History, releases new book on social and political activism of American Jewish women

Date: February 20, 2013


Congratulations to Melissa Klapper, History, for Ballots, Babies, and Banners of Peace, which becomes available in March through NYU Press.  A book signing will be held at the Rowan Barnes & Noble on Wednesday, April 10 at 4:00pm.

"Ballots, Babies, and Banners of Peace explores the social and political activism of American Jewish women from approximately 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." (Courtesy of NYU Press)

Klapper teaches courses in American, Jewish and Women's history. She has conducted research on American Jewish history. Her research interests include the history of adolescence, education, and gender during the Gilded Age and Progressive Era.