Mary Antin


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Mary Antin (June 13, 1881 – May 15, 1949) was an American author and immigration rights activist.

Born to a Jewish family in Polotsk, she immigrated to the Boston area with her mother and siblings in 1894, moving from Chelsea to Ward 8 in Boston's South End, a notorious slum, as the venue of her father's store changed. She married Amadeus William Grabau, a geologist, in 1901, and moved ... more »

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  • ''... the aspiring immigrant ... is not content to progress alone. Solitary success is imperfect success in his eyes. He must take his family with him as he rises.''
    Mary Antin (1881-1949), U.S. socialite and author; born in Russia. The Promised Land, ch. 19 (1912). A Jew born in Russia, Antin emigrated to Amer...
  • A little instruction in the elements of chartography—a little practice in the use of the compass and the spirit level, a topographical map of the town common, an excursion with a road map—wo...
    Mary Antin (1881-1949), U.S. socialite and author; born in Russia. The Promised Land, ch. 10 (1912). On the deficiencies of geography teaching in ...
  • ''Outside America I should hardly be believed if I told how simply, in my experience, Dover Street merged into the Back Bay.''
    Mary Antin (1881-1949), U.S. socialite and author; born in Russia. The Promised Land, ch. 20 (1912). A Russian Jew who emigrated to the United Sta...
  • It is painful to be consciously of two worlds. The Wandering Jew in me seeks forgetfulness. I am not afraid to live on and on, if only I do not have to remember too much. A long past vividly remembere...
    Mary Antin (1881-1949), U.S. Jewish socialite and author; born in Russia. The Promised Land, Introduction (1912). Antin, a Russian Jew, had emigra...
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