The idea for this book began with two stories, both written by Jewish women, who left Eastern Europe as girls and grew here in the USA - becoming American women. Rose Cohen and Anzia Yezierska wrote about what they knew-the hope for new opportunities, the strains of dislocation, and the struggle for assimilation. Their highly personal accounts encourage our understanding of the turn-of-the-century immigration experience as a constant balancing act between the inheritance of the past and the promise of the future. Their stories also provide a unique look at the newcomers' preoccupation with dress as an especially meaningful instrument of cultural transformation. Paperback. 154 pages.