TITLE

ALICE B. TOKLAS' FAMILY: A MERCHANDISING EMPIRE IN PUGET SOUND, WASHINGTON, JUNEAU AND SKAGWAY, ALASKA

AUTHOR(S)
Freedman, Debbie; Fisch, Victoria
PUB. DATE
July 2012
SOURCE
Western States Jewish History;Fall2012, Vol. 45 Issue 1, p3
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article discusses the family history of writer Gertrude Stein's lover Alice B. Toklas, focusing on the entrepreneurial ventures of her Jewish ancestors in Puget Sound, Washington, and Junea and Skagway, Alaska in the late 19th century. The author describes the lives of various members of the Toklas family, and argues that their histories represent characteristic trends found in pioneer Jewish merchants in America including settlement in regions typified by developing transportation and natural resources, political activity, and a strong Jewish identity. The families' emigration from Prussia to the Pacific Northwest of the United States is described, and various business ventures by family members including Markas (Max), Feibel (Ferdinand), and Nathan Toklas are discussed.
ACCESSION #
79746659

 

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