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The Rabbi's Atheist DaughterErnestine Rose, International Feminist Pioneer$
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Bonnie S. Anderson

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780199756247

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199756247.001.0001

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The New Moral World

The New Moral World

(p.27) 2 The New Moral World
The Rabbi's Atheist Daughter

Bonnie S. Anderson

Oxford University Press

Chapter 2 surveys her life in London from 1831 to 1836, where she taught German and Hebrew and sold a room deodorizer she invented. Becoming a follower of Robert Owen, the famous manufacturer-turned-socialist, she became his surrogate daughter. In Owenism, she found her lifelong creed, believing that society shaped people’s behavior, that social reform was possible, that religion and inequality handicapped development, and that women should be equal to men. In Owenite circles, she not only read feminist articles, but she heard female speakers and began to lecture herself to large meetings. In this movement, she met the silversmith William Rose, who became her beloved and devoted husband. They married in a civil ceremony in 1836 and emigrated to New York.

Keywords:   Ernestine Rose, Robert Owen, Owenism, utopian socialism, female equality, women’s rights, cooperative societies, feminism

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