Jewish Girls Coming of Age in America 1860 – 1920, written by Melissa R. Klapper, draws upon diaries, oral histories and archival material to paint a portrait of how age, gender, ethnicity, class and religion shaped the day-to-day life of Jewish girls, ages 12 to 20, living in the late 19th and early 20th century. For the average reader, the degree of detail may prove tedious, but for the scholar, the book offers a gold mine of information. Melissa R. Klapper is assistant professor of history at Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey. Bibliography, index, notes.
Carol Poll, Ph.D., is the retired Chair of the Social Sciences Department and Professor of Sociology at the Fashion Institute of Technology of the State University of New York. Her areas of interest include the sociology of race and ethnic relations, the sociology of marriage, family and gender roles and the sociology of Jews.