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Guide to the Crossing Borders, Bridging Generations oral history collection 2011.019

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Shawn Elgart, 2011 November 18

Biographical note

Shawn Elgart was born to African American parents in Fort Worth, Texas and raised in Fort Worth and Portland, Oregon. Elgart received a B.A. in psychology from San Diego State University in California and an M.S.Ed. in childhood education from Hunter College in New York City.

Scope and Contents

In the interview, Elgart discusses her interracial and interfaith marriage; childhood experiences in a single-parent household; conversion to Judaism; daughter's relationship with extended family members; and mother's adolescent years and early adulthood. Interview conducted by April Reynosa.

Conditions Governing Access

Access to the interview is available onsite at the Brooklyn Historical Society's Othmer Library. The Brooklyn Historical Society does not have permission to license oral history audio recordings or transcripts to third parties.

Subject Topics

  • African American Jews -- New York (State) -- New York
  • African Americans -- Oregon -- Portland
  • Conversion -- Judaism
  • Education, Higher -- California -- San Diego
  • Interfaith marriage
  • Parenthood
  • Racially mixed families

Subject Places

  • Park Slope (New York, N.Y.)
  • Portland (Or.)