A Rosenberg by Any Other Name
A History of Jewish Name Changing in America
10 black and white illustrations, 1 chart, 2 maps
"Fascinating . . . A fine contribution to an important, previously underexplored area of American Jewish identity and social history."
"Fermaglich's thorough research and bright insights produce a provocative account of a seldom-explored cultural phenomenon."
"An important history . . . Well-written and thoroughly documented . . . demonstrates the struggle that individuals underwent to become fully realized as Jewish Americans. Highly recommended."
—STARRED Library Journal
“The real history behind Jewish name changing in the US . . . a worthy accomplishment. One doesn't have to be a . . . historian to appreciate A Rosenberg by Any Other Name . . . anyone with an interest in the subject matter [can] enjoy it."
"Fermaglich’s thoroughly researched book delves into many implications of changing one’s name and examines the way that Jewish culture was shaped overall by the practice."
— Jewish Exponent
“The beauty of A Rosenberg by Any Other Name lies in its choice of a site so rife with potential and yet, one that seems so utterly banal. Fermaglich offers us new appreciation for the levels of complexity that Jewish identity was forced to take on in post-war America. It is a powerful story about anti-semitism, adaptation, markers of identity, and the kinds of choices and sacrifices that people must make in the name of access, privilege, and commitments to their communities.”
—Deborah Dash Moore, author of Jewish New York: The Remarkable Story of a City and a People
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