The Home Front

Beth Abelson Macleod

in Fannie Bloomfield-Zeisler

Published by University of Illinois Press

Published in print June 2015 | ISBN: 9780252039348
Published online April 2017 | e-ISBN: 9780252097393 | DOI:
The Home Front

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This chapter examines Fannie Bloomfield-Zeisler's life against the backdrop of contemporary U.S. attitudes toward marriage, motherhood, and careers for women. Unlike most women musicians of her generation, who gave up their professions when they married or had children, Bloomfield-Zeisler resumed concertizing mere months after the births of each of her three sons. The chapter emphasizes Bloomfield-Zeisler's need to prove that she could “do it all,” and proceeds with a discussion of the image of women artists in literature during the period, with particular attention to Bert Leston Taylor's 1906 novel The Charlatans. The chapter also considers the increasingly vulnerable plight of German musicians in the United States during World War I; the effect of the war on Fannie and her husband, Sigmund Zeisler; the ways in which the Zeislers chose to manifest their patriotism; Bloomfield-Zeisler's last years, which were marked by a number of philanthropic involvements; and her death on August 20, 1927.

Keywords: patriotism; Fannie Bloomfield-Zeisler; marriage; motherhood; women artists; Bert Leston Taylor; The Charlatans; German musicians; World War I; Sigmund Zeisler

Chapter.  12272 words. 

Subjects: American Music

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