All the Way from Yoakum: The Personal Journey of a Political by Marjorie Meyer Arsht

By Marjorie Meyer Arsht

All the best way from Yoakum tells the tale of the lengthy, eventful lifetime of a Jewish “good woman” from small-town Texas who grew to become a amazing girl of her time and a number one gentle in Houston and Texas politics.

One of the founders of the trendy Republican occasion in Texas, Marjorie Meyer Arsht served as a kingdom social gathering committeewoman and used to be the 1st Jewish lady to run as a Republican for the kingdom legislature. turning into lively in politics within the Fifties, she was once heavily all in favour of the early occupation of George H. W. Bush.

A member of the popular Texas relations (Meyer, Cohen) that owned Foley Brothers division shop and gave Cohen condominium to Rice college, she remembers the contentious mid-century department within the Jewish group over the problem of Zionism that break up congregations and became neighbors into sour antagonists. previously president of the Temple Beth Israel Sisterhood, Arsht served as a countrywide spokesperson for a massive 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 few very important reforms. additionally, she persisted to run the small, self reliant strength improvement and funding corporation based by way of her past due 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, one who will supply either notion and an figuring out of the way the Republican social gathering got here to be the dominant strength in Texas politics.

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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. I kept a pretty stiff upper lip the rest of the evening until our last stop—at a bar where the waitresses were nude.

I rushed to telephone Dr. Moise Levy, who came quickly. In those days it was customary for doctors to make house calls. After the briefest of examinations, Grandmother was on her way to Hermann Hospital before Mama came home. ” I panicked. Once again, I thought, she has forgotten what she did, and I will feel the vengeance of her wrath. The doctor’s sudden appearance, interrupting Mama’s tirade, spared me. Grandmother’s condition worsened rapidly. No one mentioned cancer, which was in those days considered a disgrace.

When she cooled off and returned, she expected everyone to have forgotten the incident just as she had. Suddenly Grandmother began to gag, and I saw blood. I rushed to telephone Dr. Moise Levy, who came quickly. In those days it was customary for doctors to make house calls. After the briefest of examinations, Grandmother was on her way to Hermann Hospital before Mama came home. ” I panicked. Once again, I thought, she has forgotten what she did, and I will feel the vengeance of her wrath. The doctor’s sudden appearance, interrupting Mama’s tirade, spared me.

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