Bonnie Anderson

 

 


 

coming january 1, 2017

Ernestine Rose: International Feminist Pioneer

The Rabbi's
Atheist Daughter

 
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about the book

This biography of Rose is fabulous! Fabulous! I thoroughly enjoyed reading it, so much so that I finished it in less than two days.
— Carol Faulkner, Associate Professor of History, Syracuse University

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

By Bonnie S. Anderson

Throughout the 1850s, Ernestine Rose was one of the best-known female activists in the United States, more famous than either Elizabeth Cady Stanton or Susan B. Anthony. Rose worked not only for feminism, but also for free thought and abolition. As a Jewish, atheist, foreign woman, who left the United States in 1869, Ernestine Rose was written out of American history. Her evolution from a traditional Polish-Jewish childhood to an adult life as a radical international feminist and freethinker deserves to be remembered.

 

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Meet author Bonnie Anderson

Photograph by Carolyn Monastra

Photograph by Carolyn Monastra

 

Events & Readings

Book release January 2, 2017

The Rabbi's Atheist Daughter: Ernestine Rose International Feminist Pioneer will be released on January 2, 2017. We will be posting launch-related events as we have them. More information


Advance praise for
The Rabbi's Athiest Daughter

This biography of Rose is fabulous! Fabulous! I thoroughly enjoyed reading it, so much so that I finished it in less than two days.
— Carol Faulkner, Associate Professor of History, Syracuse University
For someone (like me) who thought she knew Ernestine Rose, this book is a revelation. The gift Bonnie Anderson gives us is the opportunity to hear the fearless words actually spoken by Ernestine Rose, and they’re magnificent, powerful testimony to her constancy, boldness, and defiant advocacy for women’s rights.
— Susan Weidman Schneider, Editor in Chief, Lilith magazine: independent, Jewish & frankly feminist
Bonnie Anderson uncovers, in this deeply researched work, the astonishing life of Ernestine Potowski Rose, champion of all human rights. A powerful orator, she crisscrossed an ocean and continents to speak her mind. A contemporary newspaper expected that it would take a hundred years for her to be fully appreciated. This excellent biography of a woman of fierce intellect and uncompromising convictions fulfills that prediction, affording our generation the fullest depiction yet of the remarkable Ernestine Rose.
— Pamela S. Nadell, author of Women Who Would Be Rabbis: A History of Women’s Ordination, 1889-1985
Ernestine Rose has long been relegated to the margins of the abolitionist and woman’s rights movements to which she devoted her life. In Bonnie Anderson’s new book we have, finally, a biography that is as eloquent, passionate, freethinking, transnational, argumentative, and eager to explore the boundaries of radical possibility as was Rose herself.
— Lori D. Ginzberg, author of Elizabeth Cady Stanton: An American Life
Bonnie Anderson tells the powerful story of Ernestine Rose, one of the most distinguished and distinctive advocates of woman’s rights, free thought, and racial equality in the nineteenth century. Rose linked activists in the United States with radical traditions in Britain and Europe, reminding readers of the multifaceted and transatlantic character of nineteenth-century social movements. While many books claim they are intended for both an academic and popular audience, The Rabbi’s Atheist Daughter delivers on that promise.
— Nancy A. Hewitt, Rutgers University