All the Way from Yoakum: The Personal Journey of a Political by Marjorie Meyer Arsht

By Marjorie Meyer Arsht

All the way in which from Yoakum tells the tale of the lengthy, eventful lifetime of a Jewish “good woman” from small-town Texas who turned a impressive lady of her time and a number one mild in Houston and Texas politics.

One of the founders of the fashionable Republican celebration in Texas, Marjorie Meyer Arsht served as a kingdom social gathering committeewoman and used to be the 1st Jewish lady to run as a Republican for the kingdom legislature. turning into lively in politics within the Fifties, she used to be heavily thinking about the early occupation of George H. W. Bush.

A member of the widespread Texas relatives (Meyer, Cohen) that owned Foley Brothers division shop and gave Cohen condominium to Rice collage, she recollects the contentious mid-century department within the Jewish group over the difficulty of Zionism that break up congregations and became buddies into sour antagonists. previously president of the Temple Beth Israel Sisterhood, Arsht served as a countrywide spokesperson for a huge American anti-Zionist organization.

When she grew to become seventy, Arsht used to be operating as a speechwriter and high-level assistant within the division of Housing and concrete improvement in Washington whereas additionally serving as a regent of Texas Southern collage, the place she spearheaded a couple of vital reforms. moreover, she persisted to run the small, autonomous power improvement and funding corporation based by means of her overdue husband.

From her adolescence as a member of 1 of the few Jewish households in small-town Yoakum, Texas, to her years of political activism and social involvement, she deals a relocating account of an indomitable spirit, one who will supply either concept and an realizing of ways the Republican occasion got here to be the dominant strength in Texas politics.

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I was hysterical. I just couldn’t wait until fall, and yet I wanted to participate in the confirmation ceremony after working so hard all year. In desperation I went to Miss Dean with my predicament. ” “At noon,” I murmured. A glimmer of hope. She thought for a moment, while I held my breath. “I’ll be in the library from 1:00 p . m . until late afternoon. ” Rice, the Sorbonne, and New York 29 And I was. After the confirmation ceremony, I dashed home, changed from my fancy white dress into clothes suitable for school.

She and I hadn’t seen each other in six months, but we had kept in touch. After warm greetings and an introduction to her gracious mother and father, I simply had to find out. “Just before I came here, I heard that no Jews were allowed in your town. ” Beaty looked at her parents, who looked at each other. They seemed embarrassed but also a bit defensive. “We really don’t know how that situation developed,” Mrs. Bogart said. Mr. Bogart quickly interjected, “I wouldn’t say they aren’t allowed. They just don’t live here.

Although he is better, he is still very thin and frail. I have been in touch with Uncle Henri and he thinks you should go to Columbia to get an advanced degree in French. He has of‑ fered to finance your stay in New York. I don’t have to tell you that as much as your father wants to have you home, he is ecstatic at the thought of your getting a Master’s degree. If you leave as soon as your term is over, there will be time for you to spend a few days in New York making living arrangements and still have a week or ten days in Yoakum before you go to New York to enroll at Columbia.

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