My Future Is in America: Autobiographies of Eastern European Jewish Immigrants / Edition 1by Jocelyn Cohen, Daniel Soyer, Terry Golway
Pub. Date: 12/01/2005
Publisher: New York University Press
In 1942, YIVO held a contest for the best autobiography by a Jewish immigrant on the theme “Why I Left the Old Country and What I Have Accomplished in America.” Chosen from over two hundred entries, and translated from Yiddish, the nine life stories in My Future Is in America provide a compelling portrait of American Jewish life in the immigrant/b>… See more details below
In 1942, YIVO held a contest for the best autobiography by a Jewish immigrant on the theme “Why I Left the Old Country and What I Have Accomplished in America.” Chosen from over two hundred entries, and translated from Yiddish, the nine life stories in My Future Is in America provide a compelling portrait of American Jewish life in the immigrant generation at the turn of the twentieth century.
The writers arrived in America in every decade from the 1890s to the 1920s. They include manual workers, shopkeepers, housewives, communal activists, and professionals who came from all parts of Eastern Europe and ushered in a new era in American Jewish history. In their own words, the immigrant writers convey the complexities of the transition between the Old and New Worlds.
An Introduction places the writings in historical and literary context, and annotations explain historical and cultural allusions made by the writers. This unique volume introduces readers to the complex world of Yiddish-speaking immigrants while at the same time elucidating important themes and topics of interest to those in immigration studies, ethnic studies, labor history, and literary studies.
Published in conjunction with the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research.
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Table of Contents
A Note on Annotations and Transliteration xi
Introduction: Yiddish Social Science and Jewish Immigrant Autobiography
Jocelyn Cohen and Daniel Soyer
- 1 Success or Failure?
- 2 Why I Came to America
- 3 I Have Nothing to Complain About
- 4 Why I Left My Old Home and What I Have Accomplished in America
- 5 What Drove Me to America and My Experiences in Europe and America
- 6 My Future Is in America
- 7 The Movies Pale in Comparison
- 8 Why I Left the Old Country and What I Have Accomplished in America
9 I Haven’t Lost Anything by Coming to America
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As a first generation American, I always wondered why and how my parents came to America. They passed away before imparting their stories. This book fills in all the gaps, in an interesting, heartwarming and exciting way. I could not put it down, and actually re read it... A MUST READ!
These stories would have been lost to us, had it not been for the translations into english. Kudos to the translators and editors for giving us this gem! I only wish the writers were still alive, to take a bow!..what an honor for them and for their children and grandchildren. There is poetry, history, psychology, religion...all wrapped up in exciting, enthralling and deeply felt stories. A WINNER!
MY GRANDPARENTS CAME FROM THE OLD COUNTRY, AND PASSED ON WITHOUT SHARING THEIR STORIES...NOW, WITH THIS BOOK I CAN UNDERSTAND WHY AND HOW THEY CAME TO AMERICA... it made me laugh, chuckle, sigh AND I read it straight through... very enjoyable and informative
This book answered a lot of questions I had about immigrants coming to America. My parents are included in this book and now I know all about them and how the others in this book came here. Could not put this book down.
GRIPPING IMMIGRANT NARRATIVES... A MUST READ FOR ANYONE INTERESTED IN IMMIGRATION, AMERICAN HISTORY OR THE JEWISH EXPERIENCE IN AMERICA.
I WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT MY MOTHER AND FATHER'S EXPERIENCES IN EASTERN EUROPE AND THE OBSTACLES THEY FACED IN COMING TO AMERICA. I WANTED TO KNOW IF IT WAS 'WORTH ALL THAT'....well, I could not put the book down... laughing, crying... totally immersed! This was one of the most enjoyable and interesting books I have read...DO NOT MISS THE EXPERIENCE AND JOY!