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Arab and Jewish Women in KentuckyStories of Accommodation and Audacity$
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Nora Rose Moosnick

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780813136219

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813136219.001.0001

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Arab and Jewish Women in Kentucky
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Nora Rose Moosnick

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University Press of Kentucky
DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813136219.003.0003

Extraordinary women are featured in this chapter. Howard Myers narrates the story of his Jewish aunts, Sarah and Francis Myers, in Hopkinsville, Kentucky. They brought big city sophistication to rural Kentucky from the 1930s to the 1980s via their women's clothing store, Arnold's. Their story is placed alongside that of Teresa Isaac. She was mayor of the state's second largest city, Lexington, from 2002-2006. She is exceptional because she is a rare politician who openly owns her Arab American Christian identity and reaches out to Muslim Arabs in a larger political environment where most politicians would rather disassociate from people and things “Arabic.”

Keywords:   Hopkinsville and Cumberland, Kentucky, Arnold's, Cumberland Amusement Company, dramatic, actors

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