by Debra L. Schultz

Why I Tracked Them Down

As a historian, I have spent the past five years looking for anti-racist Jewish women role models, hoping to place them in a radical Jewish tradition to which I could feel connected. Rather than simply writing theoretically about racism, sexism and anti-Semitism, I wanted to portray women who took action in a decisive moment in American history. So I began to study Jewish women who went South for the civil rights movement.

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Unsung Heroines of the ’60s

The articles in this special section:

Why I Tracked Them Down

by Debra L. Schultz

Our Unsung Civil Rights Movement Heroines

by Debra L. Schultz

Women in the civil rights movement integrated bus terminals, taught in Freedom Schools, registered black voters and served time in Southern jails. Now they talk frankly about the danger, their mothers’ reactions, and what in their Jewish consciousness propelled them.

The Golden Ghetto’s Shame

by Alice Sparberg Alexiou

Meanwhile, a liberal New York Jewish suburb grappled with black maids and racial integration.