Memories of Migration: Gender, Ethnicity, and Work in the Lives of Jewish and Italian Women in New York, 1870-1924

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SUNY Press, 1996 - Social Science - 242 pages
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The migrant has been designated the central or defining figure of the 20th century. Yet, for much of this period, research and theory have centered on adult men as representative, ignoring women s part in international migration. Weaving together history, theory, and immigrant women s own words, Memories of Migration reveals women s multifaceted participation in the mass migrations from eastern and southern Europe to the United States at the turn of the century. By focusing on women s responses to Americanization organizations, coethnic community networks, and income-producing opportunities, this book provides rich insight into the sources of immigrant women s distinct fates in America."
 

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Contents

Women and International Migration Moving Beyond Unproductive Polarizations
7
Why Did We Have to Leave? The Shifting Patterns of Jewish Womens Lives in Russia at the Turn of the Century
31
Take Me to America The Origins of Italian Womens Migration to the United States at the Turn of the Century
63
So We Have Crossed Half the World for This? The Incorporation of Immigrant Wives and Mothers in New York 18701924
91
The Right to a Personality The Experiences of Young Single Immigrant Women in New York 18701924
135
Conclusion
175
Notes
195
Bibliography
211
Index
235
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Kathie Friedman-Kasaba is Assistant Professor of Sociology and Women's Studies in the Liberal Studies Program at the University of Washington Tacoma.

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