Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Dr. Steven Marks, Committee Chair
Dr. Alan Grubb
Dr. Megan Shockley
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 Davidson wrote an autobiography prior to passing away in 1981 and his daughters donated the unpublished memoir to the Clemson Special Collections.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.
Burnham, Leah Cannon, "'The Power of Pearls': Memoir of a Russian Jewish Immigrant to the American South" (2016). All Theses. 2394.