The substantial increase in population due to immigration that occurs during this time goes on to affect the nation in positive and negative ways. Some of the adverse affects of such a rapid growth in population were overcrowding in cities, lack of jobs, and occasional food shortages. But the hard working spirit and work ethic that the immigrants brought, along with a determined will to succeed, were an overarching positive were crucial to the country becoming what it is today. In the late 1800s, people in many parts of the world decided to leave their homes and emigrate to the United States. Immigrants entered into the United States through several
The only time her mother felt comfortable and spoke to people living in El Building was at the La Bodega. There her mother felt reminded of their homeland. Her father learns painful lesson during this time as well. He tries to look for other places for them to live, but there was prejudice against Latinos. He had a man ask him if he was Cuban and he said, “No I’m Puerto Rican” and the guys responds by saying same shit.
Cofer’s mother wanting to stay in El Building, whilst her father yearned to live somewhere else, because she never got over the yearning for la isla “The Island”. Her mother only cooked with foods she could pronounce the names of which were some of the same brands her own mother had used. Cofer’s mother shopping outside of La Bodega going to Sears, Penney’s and Lerner’s, showed a willingness unlike the other women to shop in American stores but still held onto the small comforts that reminded her of her home land. (53-55) Cofer’s cousin is fully assimilated into American life. She claims it herself, she is and American woman and will do what she pleases.
It examines how women in middle-class America, mainly married women who don’t work full time, have adopted roles in the home not much different from those of Victorian England; roles of child-rearing, subservience, and kowtowing to male dominance. It begins with an analysis of two towns, Vanport City, a World War II era two era town built for working women with husbands fighting in the war, and Levittown, the first true post-World War II American suburb. This suburb failed, however it created a standard for women in America that still prevails today. It also erased almost all the advances women made in the workforce during the war. This book will help my research on the American Dream because it examines specifically womens’ role in the American Dream and how it has changed throughout
Unbound Feet The immigration of Chinese women was one of the most overlooked and understudied significant event in women’s history, until now. Their rise from being considered slaves, to gaining respect and credibility, is one of the most influential for women’s equality across America. In Unbound Feet, Judy Yung examines the hardships and rise of Chinese women as they immigrate to America to fulfill their dreams, yet are bound by discrimination and bind together to rise above racism and sexism in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Yung examines the immigration and rise of the culture in five decades. Yung asks herself “What sociohistorical forces were at play that can explain social change for Chinese American women in the first half of the twentieth century?” (Yung, 5) The book tells of their oppression in America through prostitution, gender roles, anti-Chinese immigration laws, and class discrimination.
Alice Sewah Professor Migesso Anthropology 2/13/12 Weavers and Wet Nurses In the novel A Crisis of Births: Population Politics and Family-Making in Italy. There are many different issues in the novel talking about life back in Italy in the 1950’s. Each chapter talks about different issues that people in Italy were dealing with. In chapter two there was one that seemed pretty interested to me “Weavers and Wet Nurses” and since my major is nursing I wanted to read further into it. A wet nurse is a woman who breastfeeds a baby that is not her own.
As white flight incurred after World War II, sending white veterans and their families to suburbs, coupled with the expansion of highwys, the geographical makeup of the city became that of “white suburban donuts” surrounding “black inner city holes”. Judd and Swanstrom points to the 1949 Housing Act, later introduced as an Urban Renewal legislation, as a way to combat the highly segregated “slums”, dominated by poor African Americans, in order to beautify the city under the guise of affordable housing (2012, p180-191). By 1960, an “urban crisis” (Judd and Swanstrom, 2012, p139) was declared and de-segregation measures were taken by President John F. Kennedy in 1962 (Judd and Swanstrom, 2012, p187). Following the post 1960 analysis of Judd and Swanstrom, it coincides with the findings of Fischer et. al.
Struggle for the American Dream Anzia Yezierka’s, Bread Givers talks about the life of an immigrant girl who struggles to leave behind her Jewish American culture and obtain the American culture by interacting with Americans. Throughout the book, Sara Smolinsky is looked down upon because she’s an immigrant. Because of her Jewish heritage she is being forced to do what her father tells her. As Sara starts to become older she starts to change and do things her own way. Not following her sisters footsteps, Sara wants to make a difference for herself and decides she wants to associate with the American life.
She wanted to stay connected with Italy but it has grown weaker. After watching home movies she wanted to know more about her Italian heritage so she called grandmother and asked her everything she could think of. Jennifer started looking for documents about
Life in the South During Segregation/Integration My black American grandmother was born on June 6th, 1942. In the 1940’s a public opinion survey in the United States was conducted and the results showed that majority of white Americans thought blacks were okay with their social and economic conditions. Obviously they were way off, and wrong. Even though the 13th amendment brought an end to slavery in the US, in 1865, black Americans had to constantly learn, over and over, year after year that the word “freedom” depended on many different things. For example, the nations economy, the mood of the nation, pressures from other countries, goals of those in political power, and the strength of the black masses and their leaders to influence everything