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The Tenement Writer: An Immigrant's Story
Introduction By Alex Haley, General Editor
Newcomers in America never had it easy. There have always been hardships. The story you are about to read will make that clear. Most newcomers had to struggle to survive. They arrived poor. They lived in slums and worked at whatever jobs they could find. Some weren't lucky enough ever to find a real job, however bad, or an apartment in a slum. Some lived, worked, and died on the street.
Survival was only one part of the problem of coming to America. Another was acceptance. Many Americans resented the newcomers because they were "different," because they took jobs away from "real Americans," because they didn't understand English. Newcomers had to struggle to fit in. They spoke English poorly and with an accent. They wore clothes that combined American styles with Old world styles. They tried to fit in but were usually laughed at for their efforts. It was not easy.
Today it is the same. Newcomers arrive in the Promised Land and fight to survive and fit in. We should pay attention to our history and to the daily struggles of today's newcomers. We should remember that their experience was our experience or the experience of our parents. or grandparents or great-grandparents. We should do what we can to help them. ~ Alex Haley.
(The above Foreword by Alex Haley is presented under the Creative Commons License. © 1993 Dialogue Systems, Inc. All Rights Reserved.)
The Tenement Writer: An Immigrant's Story • Reviews
"A young Anzia Yezierska settles with her family in the Lower East Side of New York City. The grim life immigrants lived is vividly portrayed. Anzia ultimately becomes a noted writer despite extraordinary obstacles she must overcome." - Cambium Learning.
"The Tenement Writer tells of young Anzia Yezierska and her family, who left Poland in 1890 seeking a better life in New York City—only to learn that America's streets were not paved with gold." - Education Resource Center (ERC).