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Josephson, Hannah (1900–1976) - U.S. History

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Hannah Josephson was born on June 6, 1900, in New York, New York, to Abraham David and Anna (Levinson) Geffen. She studied at Hunter College (now Hunter College of the City University of New York) from 1916 to 1918 and at Columbia Graduate School of Journalism from 1918 to 1919. She married Matthew Josephson, a writer, on May 6, 1920. She began working as a newspaper reporter and magazine editor. She was librarian, editor of publications, publicity director, and director of manuscript exhibition for the American Academy of Arts and Letters in New York from 1949 to 1965.

Her first published work was Aragon: Poet of the Resistance , with Malcolm Cowley (1945). Josephson published The Golden Threads , a book on women who worked in the textile mills of Massachusetts between 1822 and 1850 (1949), and with her husband wrote Al Smith, Hero of the Cities: A Political Portrait Drawing on the Papers of Frances Perkins in 1969. Her last book was Jeanette Rankin: First Lady in Congress in 1974. In between she translated several books including Louis Aragon’s The Century Was Young (1941), Philippe Soupault’s Age of Assassins (1946), and Gabrielle Roy’s The Tin Flute (1948). She received the Van Wyck Brooks Award of the University of Bridgeport in 1969 for Al Smith, Hero of the Cities . Hannah Josephson died on October 29, 1976, in New Milford, Connecticut.

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