Date of Award

5-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Legacy Department

History

Committee Member

Dr. Steven Marks, Committee Chair

Committee Member

Dr. Alan Grubb

Committee Member

Dr. Megan Shockley

Abstract

Abe Wolfe Davidson was a Russian Jewish artist who immigrated to the South in 1922. He created public and private sculpture and encouraged artistic culture in the region. Davidson wrote an autobiography prior to passing away in 1981 and his daughters donated the unpublished memoir to the Clemson Special Collections. He provides an insider’s perspective to artistic culture in the region during the first half of the twentieth century. His memoir also describes life in the Jewish Pale of Settlement and the immigrant experience in the American South. This thesis analyzes the historical significance of Davidson and the value of his memoir. This study also links Davidson’s memoir to its historical context.

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