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Hasia R. Diner

Hasia R. Diner is the Paul S. and Sylvia Steinberg Professor of American Jewish History and Director of the Goren-Goldstein Center for American Jewish History at New York University. She is the author of numerous books in that field and in the history of American women and American immigration history. Her most recent publications include Hungering for America: Italian, Irish and Jewish Foodways in the Age of Migration; Lower East Side Memories: The Jewish Place in America; (with Beryl Lief Benderly) Her Works Praise Her: A History of Jewish Women in America: From Colonial Times to the Present and The Jews of the United States: 1654–2000.

Articles by this author

German Immigrant Period in the United States

Among nineteenth-century German Jewish immigrants to the United States, married women often made their own sources of incomes. However, high rates of poverty in large cities motivated women to create benevolent societies. As women participated more in the public sphere, the traditionally strict dichotomy between male and female roles changed in immigrant communities.

Civil War in the United States

During the Civil War, Jewish women performed a range of classic responsibilities brought on by wartime exigencies. Their efforts tended to generate little in the way of documentation, and thus historians studying the involvement of Jewish women in the Civil War and the impact of the war on Jewish women have a sparse body of primary sources upon which to draw.

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