Religious Influences Of The American Dream By Alice Kessler Harris

2369 Words Dec 1st, 2016 10 Pages
During the early nineteenth century, generations of immigrant women undergo assimilation to unite themselves in American customs. The ideology that they will be accepted into a society that does not suppress their gender identity has driven them to this process but they blindly forget their origin culture. America’s “opportunities” is proved an illusion when the “American Dream” influences many foreigners to reevaluate their lives and social standings upon arrival. The illusion of upward mobility and freedom are highly enforced as immigrants enter American gates. One author who portrays the temptation of this “New World” America for Jewish women is Anzia Yezierska’s “Bread Givers”. In the introduction of her book, Alice Kessler-Harris supports Yezierska’s method of centralizing the outcome of assimilation by reflecting America’s opportunities and freedom for women equality as well as the reality of incomplete assimilation. Religious influences of patriarchal control derived from T.M Rudavsky’s “Gender and Judaism” will display the suppressive nature of religion on Jewish women identities as they encounter American liberties. The articles focusing on diverse theories of assimilation being a natural element in the immigration process such as Milton Gordon’s “Assimilation in America: Theory and Reality” which will contribute the concepts “Anglo-conformity” and “cultural pluralism” as they assist Yezierska’s directive of assimilation in America. “Spatial Patterns of Immigrant…

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