By Anne Summers
This ebook bargains a wholly new contribution to the historical past of multiculturalism in Britain, 1880-1940. It indicates how friendship and co-operation among Christian and Jewish ladies replaced lives and, because the moment international struggle approached, really kept them. The networks and relationships explored contain the thousand-plus ladies from each district in Manchester who mixed to ship a letter of sympathy to the Frenchwoman on the center of the Dreyfus Affair; the non secular leagues for women’s suffrage who initiated the 1st interfaith campaigning flow in British historical past; the collaborations, frequently challenging, on refugee reduction within the Nineteen Thirties; the shut ties among the founding father of Liberal Judaism in Britain, and the spouse of the chief of the Labour occasion, among the rich chief of the Zionist women’s circulate and a passionate socialist girl MP. a superb number of assets are thoughtfully interrogated, and concluding feedback tackle many of the social issues of the current century.
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Extra info for Christian and Jewish Women in Britain, 1880-1940: Living with Difference
Clusters of recently arrived and desperately poor Jewish immigrants were particularly exposed to such overtures. Indeed, in a working-class area with a substantial Jewish population like London’s East End or Manchester’s Red Bank, the Jewish individual leaving the family home might never feel that she was observing the Sabbath on the wrong day of the week, or encounter too many temptations to feed on forbidden pork, eels or oysters; but she would run a gauntlet of missionary agencies offering tea, sympathy, medical facilities and a heavy dose of messianic enthusiasm.
Gertrude Horton noted the differences between the Townswomen’s Guilds and the rural Women’s Institutes in the interwar period: the latter used to begin each meeting with a hymn. The former did not, because it would ‘keep people out … [The WI] expected people who were not holding their beliefs just to shut their ears’; interview, TWL 8SUF/B/139. Recently, secularists in Britain have drawn attention to the continuing custom in many local authorities of commencing formal council proceedings with Christian prayer.
E. Pethick-Lawrence, My Part in a Changing World (London, Victor Gollancz, 1938), pp. 122, 124; J. Ramsay MacDonald, Margaret Ethel MacDonald (London, Hodder & Stoughton, 1912), p. 623. See in particular the correspondence between Millicent Fawcett and Helena Auerbach in the Atria archives; and that between Charlotte Mason and Netta Franklin in Chap. 7. 34. g. Karen Gershon, ed. Phyllis Lassner and Peter Lawson, A Tempered Wind (Evanston, Northwestern University Press, 2009). 35. ‘A Stranger’s Just a Friend’.