Jewish First Wife, Divorced collects the correspondence of Franklin Delano Roosevelt's New Deal Relief Administrator, Harry Hopkins, and his Jewish first wife, Ethel Gross. These letters-flirtatious and fond, quietly argumentative and terse-reveal the significant influence of Progressivism on Harry Hopkins's political ideology and also the unique challenges for a professionally ambitious Jewish immigrant woman living in the early twentieth century.
Allison Giffen teaches American Literature at Western Washington University. June Hopkins is associate editor of the Eleanor Roosevelt Papers at George Washington University at Mount Vernon College and the author of Harry Hopkins: Sudden Hero, Brash Reformer (1999). June Hopkins is the granddaughter, and Allison Giffen the great-granddaughter, of Harry Hopkins and Ethel Gross.
Part 1 Introduction Chapter 2 Courtship: Suffrage and Settlement Work, 1913 Chapter 3 Marriage: World War I and Civilian Relief, 1915-1918 Chapter 4 Marital Tensions: The 1920s Chapter 5 Diverging Lives: The Great Depression and World War II, 1929-1945