Lillian Wald: A Biography


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This research is now included in a book by the same title published by The University of North Carolina Press, January 2009. (ISBN 978-0-8078-3236-3)


A second-generation German Jewish American, Lillian Wald (1867-1940) won international acclaim for her pivotal role in the creation of a more pluralist society and the American social welfare state. This study challenges conventional views of Wald and of the Progressive reform movement. Her innovative work on behalf of immigrants and industrial laborers was rooted in Jewish cultural identity, yet it expressed a universal vision at odds with the ethnic particularism with which she is now identified. By recovering Wald’s neglected legacy, Ethnic Progressive contributes to historical – and contemporary – understanding of such major issues as feminism, Zionism, immigration, and ethnic identity.


American Studies | Ethnic Studies | Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

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