Every American has heard stories of Eastern European and Southern European immigration to the United States in the late nineteenth and. Listen as master storyteller Linda Tate reads Anzia Yezierska’s autobiographical essay, “America and I.” Learn more at. America and IAnzia Yezierska Author BiographyPlot Anzia Yezierska, known as the “Queen of the Ghetto” or “The Immigrant Cinderella,” became a.

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This outstanding, award-winning museum was created when construction workers uncovered a boarded-up, untouched tenement building.

Please help by ansia the article to make improvements to the overall structure. Modern Language Association http: City planners controlled and regulated city growth, created safer building codes, and developed public parkland. Oxford University Press,— Anzia Yezierska and the Immigrant Woman Writer.

Slum streets were often piled high with ansia and raw sewage, and the slums usually were located right next to polluted industrial areas. Tezierska works feature elements of realism with attention to detail; she often has characters express themselves in Yiddish-English dialect.

Aside from the detail that the sweatshop is located in a dark basement, she does not provide a composite that would help the reader see the reality of the sweatshop, such as the unsafe, unhealthy working conditions that characterized such places. What [her] mother and father and their mother and father never had a chance to give out in Russia, [she] would give out in America.


As portrayed in the book, she identified as an immigrant and never felt truly American, believing native-born people had an easier time. American Women Prose Writers, — The end of the s marked a decline of interest in Yezierska’s work.

In — Yezierska ad a Zona Gale fellowship at the University of Wisconsinwhich gave her a financial stipend. By the s her books fell out of popularity. Dialect in Jewish-American Writing. She believes that America is a place that will welcome her as an individual with ideas and passions that can make her and America flourish. She continued publishing novels and stories about immigrant women struggling to establish their identities in America.

Anzia Yezierska: “America and I”

Despite this yeziersoa celebrity, her career was erratic: For the narrator, this is a betrayal. In doing this, she finds a job she loves and the America she has been seeking.

The life of immigrants in the United States was filled with other hardships. It was the last novel Yezierska published before falling into obscurity.

Anzia Yezierska

This Week in History. The children of immigrants often became Americanized more quickly than their parents, speaking English and adopting American habits. Unable to speak English and with no job skills or training, she is forced to work as a maid for an Americanized Russian family. They are motivated snzia greed and will use whatever means to gain their profit. The counselor emphasizes the economic aspects of a job over personal fulfillment.

Persons who feel unable to find their place in American culture can hear their own voice in the cries of the narrator.


Donate Help us elevate the voices of Jewish women. The tenement was home to nearly 7, immigrants. Yezierska’s stories explore classic immigrant themes. When she discovers that few such opportunities are available to her and that she will have to fight to be heard, she questions what America really is and what it means to her.

How are present day immigrants’ experiences similar to or different from those of the characters in Yezierska’s stories?

Anzia Yezierska

Overwhelmed with the chores and responsibilities of raising her daughter, she gave up her maternal rights and transferred the girl to Levitas. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Yezierska and people like her came to escape a country where they were discriminated against socially and economically because of their religion.

How has immigration affected the different generations of our families? She earned her certificate to teach in but found that she disliked this career. She worked as a social worker. A collection of short stories, Hungry Heartswas also published that year, and Samuel Goldwynthe movie producer, bought the rights to it.