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9. Social
Realism


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Anzia Yezierska - Selected Archive Items

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[4716] Anonymous, Anzia Yezierska at Typewriter (n.d.),
courtesy of the New York Daily News.
After rising to prominence when Hollywood purchased the rights to Hungry Hearts, Anzia Yezierska refused to succumb to her image as a "Sweatshop Cinderella." Instead she returned to New York and continued writing about the experiences of immigrant women.

[5023] Detroit Publishing Company, Mulberry Street, New York City (c. 1900),
courtesy of the Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division [LC-USZC4-1584].
New York City received huge numbers of immigrants at the turn of the twentieth century. In the bustling streets of the Lower East Side, Old World met New in a population that ranged from Eastern European and Russian Jews to Irish Catholics.

[5088] Anonymous, Anzia Yezierska after the Birth of Her Child (c. 1912),
courtesy of Melvin Henriksen.
Fiction writer Anzia Yezierska divorced twice and gave birth to one daughter. She developed a friendship with John Dewey, who was a lifelong proponent of educational reform and one of the most renowned philosophers of the twentieth century.

[5124] T. De Thulstrup, Home of the Poor (1883),
courtesy of the Library of Congress [LC-USZ62-75197].
This illustration shows an interior view of a crowded New York City tenement. The living conditions of the city's poor at the turn of the twentieth century eventually sparked a wave of social reform.

[5126] Lewis Wickes Hines, Rear View of Tenement, 134 1/2 Thompson St., New York City (1912),
courtesy of the Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, National Child Labor Committee Collection [LC-USZ62-93116].
Photograph of the back of a tenement housing-complex in New York City. Like writer Theodore Dreiser, photographer Lewis Wickes Hines documented social conditions in America at the beginning of the twentieth century.



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