My Future Is in America: Autobiographies of Eastern European Jewish Immigrants

My Future Is in America: Autobiographies of Eastern European Jewish Immigrants

by Jocelyn Cohen, Daniel Soyer
     
 

ISBN-10: 0814716954

ISBN-13: 9780814716953

Pub. Date: 04/05/2008

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

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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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814716953
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
04/05/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
329
Sales rank:
1,311,127
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.69(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

A Note on Annotations and Transliteration xi

Introduction: Yiddish Social Science and Jewish Immigrant Autobiography

Jocelyn Cohen and Daniel Soyer

  1. 1 Success or Failure?

    Minnie Goldstein

  2. 2 Why I Came to America

    Ben Reisman

  3. 3 I Have Nothing to Complain About

    Shmuel Krone

  4. 4 Why I Left My Old Home and What I Have Accomplished in America

    Aaron Domnitz

  5. 5 What Drove Me to America and My Experiences in Europe and America

    Rose Schoenfeld

  6. 6 My Future Is in America

    Rose Silverman

  7. 7 The Movies Pale in Comparison

    Bertha Fox

  8. 8 Why I Left the Old Country and What I Have Accomplished in America

    Chaim Kusnetz

9 I Haven’t Lost Anything by Coming to America

Minnie Kusnetz

Glossary

Index

About the Editors

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