Bread Givers: The Limits of the American Dream

For many immigrants, coming to America was an opportunity to leave their home country in hopes of finding a better life in a new land. In this vein, Anna Yezierska writes about the struggles of an immigrant Jewish family living in New York’s Lower East Side during the 1920’s in her novel Bread Givers. The … Read moreBread Givers: The Limits of the American Dream

Unexpected Blessings: Reb’s Positive Influence on Sara

In 1925, American author Anzia Yezierska wrote the book Bread Givers. The story follows a poor immigrant family living in the lower east side of 1920’s New York. Throughout the novel, the family’s four daughters are treated merely as wage-earners by a father (Reb Smolinsky) who refuses to work, spending his days studying the Holy … Read moreUnexpected Blessings: Reb’s Positive Influence on Sara