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Going South: Jewish Women in the Civil Rights Movement

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Many people today know that the 1964 murder in Mississippi of two Jewish men--Mickey Schwerner and Andrew Goodman--and their Black colleague, James Chaney, marked one of the most wrenching episodes of the civil rights movement. Yet very few realize that Andrew Goodman had been in Mississippi for one day when he was killed; Rita Schwerner, Mickey's wife, had been organizing ...more
Hardcover, 248 pages
Published March 1st 2001 by New York University Press (first published 2001)
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Liz
As a white, Jewish person working for radical social transformation in the United States, and a history nerd, I was excited when I found this book, and it didn't disappoint. Using oral histories, it gives an account of the roles of jewish women activists who went to the south and how their commitment to racial justice stemmed from their various jewish backgrounds these people came from and what being jewish meant to them. It does not seek to construct one way of being Jewish, and holds at the fo ...more
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