Bread Givers

A look at this novel by Anazia Yezierska about the life of early 20th century immigrants from Europe.

The paper introduces, discusses and analyzes the book “Bread Givers” by Yezierska. Specifically, it includes how the author changes her life, and really becomes American. The novel is an account of how the author goes through the process of immigration and absorption into American society and how she moves from being a new immigrant to a true American.
“Born in Poland, Anzia Yezierska came to the United States in 1890, when she was about eight years old. She grew up in New York in a Jewish ghetto, and then later worked menial jobs in laundries and sweatshops. She was an unusual woman for her time, because she finished school and went on to college. She began to write about her experiences, and became a successful and celebrated author for a time. She wrote “Bread Givers” in 1925. While the book is a novel, there is at least a little piece of the author in every book she wrote, and this one is no exception. The struggles Sara experiences in leaving the ghetto and getting an education are surely some of those the author faced in trying to become a “real” American.”