Item 48820 - Portland Americanization class, 1924
- Item 48820 - Portland Americanization class, 1924
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- Item 48820
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Clara Soule, teacher and Director of Americanization, in her 1924 annual report, wrote that enrollment in adult day classes like the one pictured had increased 31 percent since the previous year.Show Details
"Confined to the home in the settlement district, with a large family to care for, little opportunity is offered her to learn either language or customs," Soule wrote of immigrant women. Adult day classes, aimed primarily at mothers and occasionally held in their homes, were intended to remedy what Soule saw as a serious problem.
This photograph was published in the Portland Sunday Telegram on February 17th, 1924 under the heading "Glimpses of Adult Americanization Classes in Local Schools."