Lessons on "America and I" and "Trans-National America"

Lessons on "America and I" and "Trans-National America"
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This lesson focuses on an excerpt from "America and I" by Russian-Polish Jewish immigrant Anzia Yezierska, and follows up on a lesson on "Trans-National America" by Randolph Bourne. Yezierska's piece gives concrete, specific examples of the concepts that Randolph Bourne talks about in his essay. The follow-up lesson has students identifying the specific examples of her experiences with the more abstract concepts about life in America for immigrants that Bourne addressed. She sees America as Utopia until she arrives here, when she realizes that other immigrants (even from her own village) who have become "Americanized" will exploit her, along with other Americans, and that she must work hard and live in difficult conditions to work her way to the top. She finally realizes the America for which she was seeking has not yet come to be, and the beauty is that she will have a hand in helping America become the Utopia she had imagined it would be.
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