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The Rabbi's Atheist Daughter: Ernestine Rose, International Feminist Pioneer

Bonnie S. Anderson


Famous in the 1850s, Ernestine Rose has been undeservedly forgotten. An outstanding orator and activist for women’s rights, free thought, anti-slavery, and pacifism, Rose became admired despite being the only foreigner and atheist in all these US movements. This biography restores her amazing life to history. Born the only child of a Polish rabbi in 1810, she rejected both Judaism and her father’s choice of a fiancé for her, successfully sued in court for control of her inheritance, and left Poland forever at seventeen. After living in Berlin and Paris, she moved to London, where she became a ... More

Keywords: Ernestine Rose, feminism, free thought, atheism, anti-slavery, women’s movement, internationalism, antisemitism, equal rights

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780199756247
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199756247.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Bonnie S. Anderson, author
Professor of History Emerita, Brooklyn College