Jew­ish Girls Com­ing of Age in Amer­i­ca 1860 – 1920

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By – August 10, 2012
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.

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