Jewish Women - Religion and Life in America Before World War I

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GRIN Verlag, 2007 - 36 pages
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Seminar paper from the year 2001 in the subject American Studies - Culture and Applied Geography, grade: 1,7 (B), University of Potsdam (Anglistik/Amerikanistik), course: Jewish American History and Life from the 1840s to WWI, 8 entries in the bibliography, language: English, abstract: Women always had a fixed position in Jewish religion and life. They had to live in a strictly patriarchal society and obey its rules. Jewish women had no say in public matters but played an important role in the Jewish home and family. When they immigrated to America, their customs often clashed with the American way. It was especially hard for the women to assimilate, leaving a tradition so old behind. But the Jewish women were strong and self-confident, found means of helping themselves through the most difficult times and they stuck together as a group. Because of their many trials and being forced to get on with life in a foreign and even partly hostile cultural surrounding, Jewish women kept gaining strength until they even started a movement later known as emancipation of women.
 

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