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From Plotzk to Boston

By Antin, Mary

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Book Id: WPLBN0002952429
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Reproduction Date: 2008

Title: From Plotzk to Boston  
Author: Antin, Mary
Language: English
Subject: Non-fiction, Memoirs
Collections: Audio Books Collection, From Plotzk to Boston
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Publisher: LibriVox Audio Books


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An intensely personal account of the immigration experience as related by a young Jewish girl from Plotzk (a town in the government of Vitebsk, Russia). Mary Antin, with her mother, sisters, and brother, set out from Plotzk in 1894 to join their father, who had journeyed to the Promised Land of America three years before. Fourth class railroad cars packed to suffocation, corrupt crossing guards, luggage and persons crudely disinfected by German officials who feared the cholera, locked quarantine portside, and, finally, the steamer voyage and a famiily reunited. For anyone who has ever wondered what it was like for their grandparents or great grandparents to emmigrate from Europe to the United States last century, this is a fascinating narrative. Mary Antin went on to become an immigration rights activist. She also wrote an autobiography, The Promised Land, published in 1912, which detailed her assimilation into American culture. (Summary by Sue Anderson)

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