All the Way from Yoakum: The Personal Journey of a Political by Marjorie Meyer Arsht

By Marjorie Meyer Arsht

All the way in which from Yoakum tells the tale of the lengthy, eventful lifetime of a Jewish “good lady” from small-town Texas who grew to become a amazing girl of her time and a number one mild in Houston and Texas politics.

One of the founders of the trendy Republican get together in Texas, Marjorie Meyer Arsht served as a nation get together committeewoman and used to be the 1st Jewish girl to run as a Republican for the nation legislature. turning into lively in politics within the Nineteen Fifties, she used to be heavily desirous about the early profession of George H. W. Bush.

A member of the popular Texas kinfolk (Meyer, Cohen) that owned Foley Brothers division shop and gave Cohen apartment to Rice collage, she remembers the contentious mid-century department within the Jewish neighborhood over the problem of Zionism that cut up congregations and grew to become buddies into sour antagonists. previously president of the Temple Beth Israel Sisterhood, Arsht served as a countrywide spokesperson for a tremendous American anti-Zionist organization.

When she grew to become seventy, Arsht used to be operating as a speechwriter and high-level assistant within the division of Housing and concrete improvement in Washington whereas additionally serving as a regent of Texas Southern collage, the place she spearheaded a few very important reforms. moreover, she persevered to run the small, self sufficient strength improvement and funding corporation based via her overdue husband.

From her youth as a member of 1 of the few Jewish households in small-town Yoakum, Texas, to her years of political activism and social involvement, she deals a relocating account of an indomitable spirit, one who will supply either idea and an realizing of ways the Republican occasion got here to be the dominant strength in Texas politics.

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After I finally found out what a faux pas I had committed, I cried every time I thought of the incident. Rice had numerous traditions, none of which were written down, and I had a hard time keeping up with them. Perhaps because of the age difference between me and the other entering students, the scuttlebutt didn’t filter down to me. For example, I didn’t find out until the last minute that, on the first Friday of the school semester, freshmen were to wear a string of wieners around their neck all day long.

I felt like a princess. The second day, I went into New York with Uncle Henri, who said, “You’ll need some new clothes. ” Actually, what Uncle Henri called “cheaper” appeared pretty expensive to me. Some of the dresses cost almost a hundred dollars, and I gladly took everything that was offered: a new cloth coat, some sweaters, skirts, suits, and dresses. 42 C h a p ter 2 Uncle Henri would have disowned me if I had worn a dress above my knees. ) The third day I went out to the International House on Riverside Drive to make living arrangements for the fall.

Some of the pieces were probably still upholstered in their original fabric. Certainly the satin damask covering some of the sofas was worn to shreds. I thought it pretty awful to have shabby old furniture, but I realized that whatever Uncle Henri had was expensive, so I didn’t offer my opinion. Every one of the five bedrooms, some with little sitting areas, had its own dressing room and bath, and each, its own decor. My room was swathed in a luxurious chintz. Blue and white flowered material draped the windows, papered the walls, and covered the upholstered chairs.

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