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Gertrude Weil: Jewish Progressive in the New South

Leonard Rogoff


This biography recounts the life of a Southern citizen activist whose career of social advocacy extended from the end of Reconstruction to the civil-rights movement. Born in 1879 in Goldsboro, North Carolina, into a German-Jewish family with antebellum southern roots, Weil was a cosmopolitan in a provincial society. Graduating from Smith College, she returned to Goldsboro and joined the Women's Club movement where as “Federation Gertie” she advocated for women's rights and against the exploitation of child and woman millworkers. As president of the state women's suffrage league, she fought but ... More

Keywords: Southern Lady, Women's Club, Suffrage, Labor movement, Zionism, Judaism, North Carolina, Holocaust, German Americans, New South

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781469630793
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469630793.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Leonard Rogoff, author
Jewish Heritage Foundation of North Carolina