Download e-book for kindle: 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 extraordinary girl of her time and a number one gentle in Houston and Texas politics.

One of the founders of the trendy Republican social gathering in Texas, Marjorie Meyer Arsht served as a country get together committeewoman and was once the 1st Jewish lady to run as a Republican for the nation legislature. turning into lively in politics within the Fifties, she was once heavily excited about the early occupation of George H. W. Bush.

A member of the widespread Texas family members (Meyer, Cohen) that owned Foley Brothers division shop and gave Cohen apartment to Rice college, she recollects the contentious mid-century department within the Jewish neighborhood over the difficulty of Zionism that break up congregations and grew to become acquaintances into sour antagonists. previously president of the Temple Beth Israel Sisterhood, Arsht served as a countrywide spokesperson for an enormous 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, self sustaining strength improvement and funding corporation based by way of her overdue husband.

From her early life 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 bargains a relocating account of an indomitable spirit, person who will offer either proposal and an realizing of ways the Republican celebration got here to be the dominant strength in Texas politics.

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I kept remembering they lived under a Germanic influence, and the guttural accent of their French was apparent even to me. The Alsatian accent is as distinct from the French of Tours or Paris as the Southern drawl is from Brooklynese. Every minute of the weekend was planned. And planning meant food. I woke up Saturday morning to face Paulette’s sideboard. I wanted just orange juice and coffee, but there I saw sausages, liver‑ wurst, cheese, and cakes. I had to be polite. Next on the schedule was lunch with Palmyr’s brother, Artur Meyer, and his wife, Francine.

I thought it a costume Rice, the Sorbonne, and New York 35 party. “We don’t belong here,” I said. ” Howls of laughter ensued. Then we went to a corner boîte, or nightclub, in Montmartre, where one of the boys bribed a black gigolo to dance with me. By that time, I had learned what a greenhorn I was. I tried to act nonchalant, as if I danced with black men everyday. The man was a marvelous dancer, and I didn’t turn into a pumpkin, but I wondered what my father would have thought if he had seen me.

Actually, what Uncle Henri called “cheaper” appeared pretty expensive to me. Some of the dresses cost almost a hundred dollars, and I gladly took everything that was offered: a new cloth coat, some sweaters, skirts, suits, and dresses. 42 C h a p ter 2 Uncle Henri would have disowned me if I had worn a dress above my knees. ) The third day I went out to the International House on Riverside Drive to make living arrangements for the fall. It was the counterpart of the Rockefeller Center, where I had first stayed in Paris.

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