Chapter 1 shows how the girl born under three disadvantages—being Jewish, Polish, and female—managed to overcome all these handicaps to re-create herself as an independent internationalist. An only child, she was treated as a “surrogate son” by her rabbi father. Losing her faith early, she rejected his choice of a fiancé for her and successfully pleaded her case for her dowry/inheritance in a Polish court. Learning that her father had married a girl her own age, she left her family, Judaism, and Poland forever. In Berlin, she persuaded the king to allow her to remain in the capital, which normally banned long stays by Jews. In Paris, she witnessed the Revolution of 1830, which overthrew absolute, divine right monarchy. She then traveled on to London, to continue her education in “men and laws.”
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