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Fall/Winter 2010 (November 8, 2010 at 12:00 am)

Crossing Borders, Claiming a Nation: A History of Argentine Jewish Women, 1880-1955


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November 8, 2010 at 12:00 pm

Crossing Borders, Claiming a Nation: A History of Argentine Jewish Women, 1880-1955By Sandra Finkel McGee Deutsch’72

Duke University Press

Durham, N.C., 2010

This book explores the political and cultural position of Jewish women in Argentina from the late 19th century through World War II. Deutsch shows the ways in which these women, “doubly situated on the margins, as Jewish and female,” negotiated societal limits imposed on them, influenced their communities, and helped form a national identity.

In the first book to address this facet of Latin American history in such depth, Deutsch draws from interviews, memoirs, and archival research. She focuses on individual women, using the stories of physicians, educators, entertainers, factory workers, and mothers to illuminate how Argentine Jewish women experienced and shaped professional life, marriage, sexuality, politics, Zionism, and other aspects of life.

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