Academic journal article American Jewish History

Wasserman Prize

Academic journal article American Jewish History

Wasserman Prize

Article excerpt

We are pleased to announce the winners of the Wasserman Prize for the outstanding article in American Jewish History for 2015.

This year's Wasserman Prize has been awarded to Laura Arnold Leibman and Sam May for their article, "Making Jews: Race, Gender, and Identity in Barbados in the Age of Emancipation." Leibman and May's piece explores the fierce internal debates among Jews in early 19th-century Barbados over the Jewish Vestry Bill, legislation that would incorporate Jews more fully into the island's political structure. The awards committee was impressed by the article's combination of depth and breadth. The authors elegantly employed a nuanced, detailed examination of the vestry debate among Barbados's Jews to illuminate larger historical questions about the meanings of "emancipation" and Jewish identity in the era, particularly in relation to the categories of race, class and gender. Moreover, the article does important work in broadening the scope of American Jewish history, suggesting that our narratives of the era should take into account the ways that the histories of Jewish identities in the U. …

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