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Newton Free Library presents: Prohibition Wine

July 20, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join us for an author talk with TAB columnist and community activist, Marian Leah Knapp. Her new book, Prohibition Wine: A True Story of One Woman’s Daring in Twentieth-Century America, tells the story of how Marian’s  grandmother, Rebecca Goldberg—a Jewish immigrant from the Russian Empire living in rural Massachusetts―lost her husband to a railroad accident. The tragedy left her alone with six children to raise. The book follows Rebecca through the 1920s as she transforms her egg delivery service into a more lucrative endeavor: bootlegging.

For five years, Rebecca successfully provided for her customers in secret as a means to support her family until she was caught. Knapp’s story chronicles how the lower class experienced the Prohibition, a side not always represented in popular media from the era. Rebecca’s life as a poor Jewish immigrant in Massachusetts holds a mirror to struggles still relevant today including disparities in access to education and healthcare and ongoing discrimination. This program is cosponsored by the City of Newton Department of Senior Services.

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July 20, 2021
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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