Der Amerikaner Sitizin

AUCTION 14 | Tuesday, November 13th, 2001 at 1:00
Important Hebrew Printed Books and Manuscripts From the Library of the London Beth Din

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Lot 31

Der Amerikaner Sitizin

Yiddish text pp.8. Later boards with original printed wrappers bound in, brittle, marginal tears. 8vo Unlisted by Singerman

New York: Jacob Saperstein c.1895

Est: $1,000 - $1,500
Printed in the cheapest possible way, this work contains in a densely printed question and answer format, a series of constitutional facts needed for the Yiddish-speaker to pass the civics test and so gain American citizenship. Printed in three columns: Far right, Yiddish; far left English transaltion; with the middle column in a curious English transliterated into Hebrew characters. An incisive example of the passionate desire to “Americanize” felt by the teeming masses of newly arrived Yiddish-speaking immigrants