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Prof. Jeanne Abrams


Jeanne Abrams

Jeanne Abrams
Director, Rocky Mountain Jewish Historical Society and Beck Archives
Professor, University Libraries
University of Denver
Sturm Hall, Room 162
2000 E. Asbury Ave.
Denver, CO 80208
Phone: 303-871-3016 and 303-871-2977
Email: jeanne.abrams@du.edu

 

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Jeanne Abrams is a professor at the University Libraries at the University of Denver.

Since 1982, she has been the director of the Rocky Mountain Jewish Historical Society and Beck Archives —part of the Center for Judaic Studies and the University Libraries at DU.

Dr. Abrams's new book, Revolutionary Medicine: The Founding Fathers and Mothers in Sickness and in Health (New York University Press, 2013), which examines the lives of George and Martha Washington, Benjamin Franklin, John and Abigail Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and James and Dolley Madison, has received many accolades since it was published in September. On October 1st, the Wall Street Journal, the newspaper with the largest circulation in the U.S., gave the book a lengthy, positive review, calling it a "readable and eye-opening account." Publisher's Weekly praised Revolutionary Medicine as "so engaging... fascinating reading for students of both history and medicine." And History in Review termed the volume a "compelling work... a keen overview of the state of medical science during the revolutionary period... [Abrams] writes in an engaging narrative style that makes this work accessible to both academics and lay readers with an interest in American history, or the history of medicine and public health in the 18th century." At the end of the year, Medscape, an online magazine/resource for physicians and other health care professionals, which reached over 600,000 subscribers, named Revolutionary Medicine one of the "Top Books for Docs" for 2013.

Dr. Abrams will be speaking about her book at the Denver CU Anschutz Medical Center in March as well as at the Fraunces Tavern Museum (The Colonial Museum of New York) in New York City on April 16th.

Dr. Abrams is also the author of Jewish Women Pioneering the Frontier Trail: A History in the American West (NYU Press 2006) and Dr. Charles David Spivak: A Jewish Immigrant and the American Tuberculosis Crusade (University Press of Colorado), as well as numerous articles in the fields of American, Jewish, and medical history which have appeared in scholarly journals and popular magazines.


Her past presentations include:

  • In May 2013, Jeanne led a salon for the Divisions of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences titled  "Revolutionary Medicine: America's Founders in Sickness and Health"

  • In December 2011, Jeanne led a salon for the Divisions of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences titled, "There's No Business Like Show Business: The Influence of American Jewish Broadway Composers on American Music." 

  • In November 2011, Jeanne presented a guest lecture, "Jewish Women Pioneering the Frontier Trail in the America West," on campus. (Read more about Jeanne's book of the same name.)

Select Publications

  •  Revolutionary Medicine: The Founding Fathers and Mothers in Sickness and in Health (New York University Press, 2013).
  • " David May ." in Immigrant Entrepreneurship: The German-American Business Biography, 1720 to the Present, vol. 3, edited by Giles R. Hoyt. (Washington, D.C.: German Historical Institute, April 05, 2012).
  • "Benjamin Altman." In Immigrant Entrepreneurship: The German-American Business Biography, 1720 to the Present, vol. 2, edited by William J. Hausman. (Washington, D.C.: German Historical Institute, September 23, 2011).
  • Abrams, Jeanne, "Spitting is Dangerous, Indecent, and Against the Law,": Legislating Health Behavior During the American Tuberculosis Crusade," Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences (January, 2011).
  • "In Search of Health and Wealth: Denver's Early Jewish Community," Denver Inside and Out (Colorado History, vol. 16, 2011).
  • "On the Road Again: Consumptives Traveling for Health in the American West, 1840-1925," Great Plains Quarterly, (Fall 2010).
  • Dr. Charles David Spivak: A Jewish Immigrant and the American Tuberculosis Movement (University Press of Colorado, 2009)
  • Jewish Denver, 1859 – 1940 (Arcadia Press, 2007)
  • Jewish Women Pioneering the Frontier Trail: A History in the West (New York University Press, 2006) 
  • Blazing the Tuberculosis Trail: The Religio-ethnic Role of Four Sanatoria in Early Denver (Colorado Historical Society, 1990)

 

Education


PhD, American History, University of Colorado-Boulder