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Ballots, Babies, and Banners of PeaceAmerican Jewish Women's Activism, 1890-1940$
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Melissa R. Klapper

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780814748947

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814748947.001.0001

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“We United with Our Sisters of Other Faiths in Petitioning for Peace”

“We United with Our Sisters of Other Faiths in Petitioning for Peace”

Jewish Women, Peace Activism, and Acculturation

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Ballots, Babies, and Banners of Peace

Melissa R. Klapper

NYU Press

This chapter analyzes the expansion of American Jewish women's peace activism, which also predated suffrage victory but achieved new power and recognition during and after the First World War. Throughout the 1920s, Jewish women's organizations devoted considerable resources to the cause, regardless of the suspect radicalism of peace work. Their peace activism was fueled by religious imperatives, class identity, maternalism, and notions of international sisterhood. Significant numbers of American Jewish women joined nonsectarian women's peace groups as well and won the respect of peace leaders at home and abroad. However, Jewish women were disappointed to encounter anti-Semitism within these groups. In response, the American Jewish community conducted a lively debate about the relationship between peace and Jewishness.

Keywords:   American Jewish women, peace activism, peace activism, peace work, women's peace groups, anti-Semitism

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