VIRTUAL: Marian Knapp Launch, in Conversation with Pamela Nadell

Please join us as author Marian Leah Knapp discusses her grandmother's story in Prohibition Wine: A True Story of One Woman's Daring in Twentieth-Centrury America, with author Pamela Nadell! Register on Eventbrite!

About Prohibition Wine:

In 1918, Rebecca Goldberg--a Jewish immigrant from the Russian Empire living in rural Wilmington, Massachusetts--lost her husband, Nathan, to a railroad accident, a tragedy that left her alone with six children to raise. To support the family after Nathan's death, Rebecca continued work she'd done for years: keeping chickens. Once or twice a week, with a suitcase full of fresh eggs in one hand and a child in the other, she delivered her product to relatives and friends in and around Boston.
Then, in 1920--right at the start of Prohibition--one of Rebecca's customers suggested that she start selling alcoholic beverages in addition to her eggs to add to her meagre income. He would provide his homemade raw alcohol; Rebecca would turn it into something drinkable and sell it to new customers in Wilmington. Desperate to feed her family and keep them together, and determined to make sure her kids would all graduate from high school, Rebecca agreed--making herself a wary participant in the illegal alcohol trade.
Rebecca's business grew slowly and surreptitiously until 1925, when she was caught and summoned to appear before a judge. Fortunately for her, the chief of police was one of her customers, and when he spoke highly of her character before the court, all charges were dropped. Her case made headline news--and she made history.

Marian Leah Knapp is a writer and community activist. Her previously published books include Aging in Places: Reflective Preparation for the Future, A Steadfast Spirit: The Essence of Caregiving, and, with Vivien Goldman, The Outermost Cape: Encountering Time. For more than ten years, she has written a regular column for the Newton TAB. When Marian was sixty-four years old, she went back to school to obtain a PhD. She passed her dissertation defense right before her seventieth birthday. Marian lives in Chestnut Hill, MA.

About America's Jewish Women:

A groundbreaking history of how Jewish women maintained their identity and influenced social activism as they wrote themselves into American history.

What does it mean to be a Jewish woman in America? In a gripping historical narrative, Pamela S. Nadell weaves together the stories of a diverse group of extraordinary people—from the colonial-era matriarch Grace Nathan and her great-granddaughter, poet Emma Lazarus, to labor organizer Bessie Hillman and the great justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, to scores of other activists, workers, wives, and mothers who helped carve out a Jewish American identity.

The twin threads binding these women together, she argues, are a strong sense of self and a resolute commitment to making the world a better place. Nadell recounts how Jewish women have been at the forefront of causes for centuries, fighting for suffrage, trade unions, civil rights, and feminism, and hoisting banners for Jewish rights around the world. Informed by shared values of America’s founding and Jewish identity, these women’s lives have left deep footprints in the history of the nation they call home.

Pamela S. Nadell is the Patrick Clendenen Chair in Women’s and Gender History and director of Jewish studies at American University. Her books include America's Jewish Women and Women Who Would Be Rabbis, a National Jewish Book Award finalist. She lives in North Bethesda, Maryland.

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Tuesday, May 25, 2021 - 7:00pm

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Prohibition Wine: A True Story of One Woman's Daring in Twentieth-Century America Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781647420611
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Published: She Writes Press - May 25th, 2021

In 1918, Rebecca Goldberg--a Jewish immigrant from the Russian Empire living in rural Wilmington, Massachusetts--lost her husband, Nathan, to a railroad accident, a tragedy that left her alone with six children to raise. To support the family after Nathan's death, Rebecca continued work she'd done for years: keeping chickens.


America's Jewish Women: A History from Colonial Times to Today Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780393358308
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - May 5th, 2020

A groundbreaking history of how Jewish women maintained their identity and influenced social activism as they wrote themselves into American history.


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