"Got Meat?": The Kosher Meat Boycott of 1902.
Lichaw, Eden H.
- At the turn of the twentieth century there was a large population of Jewish immigrants living on the Lower East Side of New York City. As this community assimilated into American culture the historic tradition of Jewish women keeping a kosher household was challenged. This thesis focuses on how Jewish immigrant women living on the Lower East Side used their commitment to a kosher lifestyle as a wa... read morey to assert their own power. When rising meat prices threatened Jewish women’s ability to keep a kosher household in May of 1902, rather than abandon tradition, these women took action and waged a successful protest. This protest shows how these women asserted themselves through the purchasing and preparation of food. Furthermore, the actions of these women show the influence of the cultural context of their community. These women used food and the practice of keeping a kosher home to gain a measure of control, influence, and independence.read less