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Reshaping Women's HistoryVoices of Nontraditional Women Historians$
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Julie A Gallagher and Barbara Winslow

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780252042003

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252042003.001.0001

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Silence and the Perils of Identity

Silence and the Perils of Identity

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(p.28) Silence and the Perils of Identity
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Reshaping Women's History
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Rickie Solinger

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University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5622/illinois/9780252042003.003.0003

This chapter considers Solinger’s experience as a white, Jewish child in mid-twentieth-century Cincinnati, in a culture in which no adult she knew, including the rabbi, ever mentioned the Holocaust. At the same time, these adults, including her “liberal” parents, treated the African American domestic workers in their households as marks and proof of white supremacy. Solinger interrogates the sources and effects of Jewish silence regarding the murder of European Jews, and the 1967 African American rebellion in Cincinnati, and speculates about relationships between these events. Solinger ties this personal, family, community, and global history to her emergence as a historian.

Keywords:   Cincinnati, African Americans, Jews, resistance, real estate transactions, Great Migration, Holocaust, racism

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