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Elliot Ashkenazi

Elliot Ashkenazi received his B.A. in history from the University of Pennsylvania, his J.D. from Harvard University Law School, and his Ph.D. in history from George Washington University. He has taught history at American, George Mason, and George Washington universities and was an associate editor of Documentary History of the Supreme Court, 1789–1800. Ashkenazi is the author of The Civil War Diary of Clara Solomon, Growing Up in New Orleans, 1861–1862 and The Business of Jews in Louisiana, 1840–1875.

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Belle Levy

Belle Levy was a private detective, an unusual profession for a woman. Crime-solving, however, ran in her family, since her father was a lieutenant with the New York City police force. Belle Rosenfeld Levy was born in New York City on December 29, 1898, to Ray and Monroe (Wieser) Rosenfeld. She progressed through the city’s public school system and married Charles Levy before her eighteenth birthday. Her first independent job was designer of children’s clothes, but at age twenty-five, she began working for a private detective agency.

Tillie Leblang

Tillie LeBlang was known as a businesswoman, philanthropist, and mother. When her husband, Joseph, died in 1931, she took control of a family business valued at $12 million to $15 million. During their thirty years of marriage, the LeBlangs built a small retail cigar shop into a cultural empire that operated three ticket agencies and controlled five theaters, three in New York City and two in Newark, New Jersey. LeBlang worked with her husband while raising three daughters. She continued to manage the business until just a few months before she died, with the help of her second husband, William Jasie, who had been the LeBlangs’ business lawyer.

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