By Julia L. Mickenberg
Mickenberg unearths the complicated explanations that drew American girls to Russia as they sought versions for a innovative new period during which ladies will be now not simply self sustaining of fellows, but in addition equivalent developers of a brand new society. Soviet ladies, in the end, earned definitely the right to vote in 1917, and so they had abortion rights, estate rights, the correct to divorce, maternity advantages, and state-supported childcare. Even girls from Soviet nationwide minorities—many lately unveiled—became public figures, as African American and Jewish girls famous. but as Mickenberg’s collective biography exhibits, Russia grew to become out to be as a lot a grim commune as a utopia of freedom, replete with monetary, social, and sexual inequities.
American women in crimson Russia recounts the stories of girls who stored ravenous kids from the Russian famine, labored on rural communes in Siberia, wrote for Moscow or big apple newspapers, or played on Soviet levels. Mickenberg ultimately tells those forgotten tales, choked with desire and grave disappointments.
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American Girls in Red Russia: Chasing the Soviet Dream by Julia L. Mickenberg