Conference Proceeding: Finding Rebecca: The Memoir of Rebecca Cohen-Mayer, 1837-1930

While doing research at the Jacob Rader Marcus archive in Cincinnati, Ohio, Kay Goldman discovered the memoir of entrepreneur Henry Mayer. After reading it, she realized it was the memoir of Henry's wife, Rebecca. This remarkable woman who married at fifteen and traveled as the lone woman down the Santa Fe Trail deserved to have her story told. Thus, Kay began to verify the story Rebecca told. First she verified simple facts such as the date her mother arrived in the United States. However, she also uncovered information the family never knew - the fact that her father owned slaves.

Presented by Kay Goldman at the 2013 AJL Conference in Houston, TX.