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September 2001
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Cooking With Fresh Verbs

An Italian immigrant makes an American breakfast aided by instructional materials from the YMCA. In the early decades of the 20th century such newcomers to the United States were encouraged to take “Americanization” classes to speed their assimilation. Day and evening school sessions offered adults subjects including child care, hygiene, housekeeping, English—and courses in eliminating accents once English was learned. This photograph was first published in the April 1918 article “What Is It to Be an American?”





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