All the Way from Yoakum: The Personal Journey of a Political Insider
By: Majorie Meyer Arsht (author)Hardback
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One of the founders of the modern Republican Party in Texas, Marjorie Meyer Arsht served as a state party committee woman and was the first Jewish woman to run as a Republican for the state legislature. Becoming active in politics in the 1950s, she was closely involved in the early career of George H. W. Bush. A member of the prominent Texas family that owned Foley Brothers department store and gave Cohen House to Rice University, she recalls the contentious mid-century division in the Jewish community over the issue of Zionism. Formerly president of the Temple Beth Israel Sisterhood, Arsht served as a national spokesperson for a major American anti-Zionist organization. When she turned seventy, Arsht was working in the Department of Housing and Urban Development in Washington while also serving as a regent of Texas Southern University and running the energy development and investment company founded by her late husband. From her childhood as a member of one of the few Jewish families in small-town Yoakum, Texas, to her years of political activism and social involvement, she offers a moving account that will provide both inspiration and an understanding of how the Republican Party came to dominate Texas politics.
Now in her nineties, MAJORIE MEYER ARSHT lives in Houston, where she still faces life with energy and verve.
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