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  • Betty Smith

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    Betty Smith Betty Smith was born Elisabeth Wehner on December 15, 1896. The daughter of German immigrants, she grew up poor in Brooklyn, a world where she re-creates in “ A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.” Wehner later on married fellow Brooklynite George H.E. Smith, where they moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan, where he was a law student at the University of Michigan. The bride son had two daughters, Nancy and Mary, and had to wait until the girls entered school before endeavoring to complete her own education

  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

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    The Nolan’s are a young family, living in Brooklyn, New York. The members of the Nolan family are the main characters in the novel A Tree Grows In Brooklyn, beautifully written by Betty Smith. Johnny, Katie, and their two children Francie and Neely portray how life was in Brooklyn during the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. This family is forced to make many important decisions, as all families must do. However, unfortunately often times the best outcome was not the end result. Before the birth of Katie

  • Poverty In A Tree Grows In Brooklyn By Betty Smith

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    A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith is a novel that perfectly represents a life lived in poverty. Smith uses childhood in Brooklyn to help build her story. In almost every chapter her main characters face many problem of poverty in early twentieth-century America. The problems that are thrown at the characters often seem unbearable and impossible to overcome. They struggle to break through the problems of the lower class. Though, they always find a way to defeat the unpleasant situations they

  • The Influence of the Family Members on the Life of Francie Nolan by Betty Smith

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    The Influence of the Family Members on the Life of Francie Nolan The main character in A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith, is certainly the brilliant and resourceful Francie Nolan, however, three other characters in the novel deserve credit for guiding Francie through her troublesome childhood. Francie Nolan grows up in the slums of Williamsburg, Brooklyn in the early 1900s. Despite Francie’s lifestyle of poverty and distress, she manages to work several respectable jobs, attend college and

  • The World Split Open: How The Modern Women's Movement Changed America

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    not content. This became known as “the problem that has no name.” In Ruth Rosen’s book, The World Split Open: How the Modern Women’s Movement Changed America, Rosen chronologically explores how women’s lives shifted from the 1950’s to the 1990’s. (Smith, Lecture Notes,

  • The Feminine Mystique

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    Betty Friedan, after experiencing feelings of depression, self-loathing, and dissatisfaction as a mother and housewife, published The Feminine Mystique in 1963. The book, which focused on the “problem that has no name,” promoted awareness of society’s pressure on women to be seen in a certain way, especially in advertising. As Joyce Hart points out in her essay, this propaganda told women that being a wife and mother was all there was to their lives, and that they had to find meaning by standing


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    to Clark’s Town. Cherry took sick and never recovered and for the first time her children saw the unfamiliar look of melancholy on her face as she dealt with the lost. Now faced with the sole responsibility of raising six children, with Nolda and Betty in school she decides to hone her sewing skills in an effort to support her family. She purchased on credit a Singer sewing machine from Courts Furniture in Falmouth and began her career as a dressmaker. David kept in touch but suggests she leaves

  • How Women's Freedom to Study and Pursue a Paid Career Has Reduced Fertility Rates in the United States

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    Post war America has been subject to rapid social change in the values and attitudes toward women and toward s traditional gender roles. Many women in North America today have left the traditional housewife role in order to participate in education and paid employment, to gain status as an individual as well as to make contribution to family household (Thornton & Cambum., 1979, p.61). The rise in female participation in education and paid labour has been accompanied with dramatic drop fertility

  • The Feminine Mystique, By Betty Friedan

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    Overall, Betty Friedan was a writer and women’s rights activist. After graduating “summa cum laude from Smith College in 1942” and completing her one year fellowship at the University of California, Berkeley for Psychology, Friedan “moved to New York to become a labor reporter.” She married and “after having her first child, she continued working;” however, she lost her job after she became pregnant with her second child and became a housewife. She became restless and eventually started freelancing

  • A Deeper Analysis of The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath and its Modern Applications

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    high school, Plath obtained a scholarship to study English at Smith College and it was here that her work was recognized by major magazines such as Seventeen and Mademoiselle. After graduation from Smith College as summa cum laude, she began working for Mademoiselle in Manhattan, New York. This is the point at which the novel begins to reflect her life. Sylvia Pla... ... middle of paper ... ...nce Center. Web. 28 Apr. 2014. Friedan, Betty. The Feminine Mystique. New York: W.W. Norton, 1963. Print