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Ewen's Immigrant Women in the Land of Dollars Throughout history, the idea of Americanization was examined in order to understand the effects of a mass culture on immigrants. On one side stands the view of a immigrant engulfed in American ideology who leaves behind his previous. He adheres to this new individualism and now can move up on the economic ladder. On the opposite end of defining Americanization is the unscathed immigrant who maintains his old sentence traditions and associations to emerge victoriously despite unfavorable conditions. His ethnicity solidifies his success by creating affinity bonds and social patterns to assist in the struggle for a good life. Though both these views are more extreme, they both comprise substantial factors which form a more accurate perspective of the immigrants assimilated into the "emerging industrial and consumer society" (Ewen, 15). These immigrants didn't give up their nationality completely, even as they adopted American ideals to be able to live inside the new but unfamiliar consumer culture. This cultural coalescence brought about major changes, which women had most of the load of assimilating during the 19th century. The unrelenting and brave women described by Ewen in "Immigrant Women in the Land of Dollars" demonstrated an amazing ability to retain a lot of their traditions while still accommodating American ideals and culture in their social events, employment, and home life. For many immigrant families, social events were the only way...