Quotation by Mary Antin

Everything that was ever to happen to me in the future had its germ or impulse in the conditions of my life on Dover Street. My friendships, my advantages and disadvantages, my gifts, my habits, my ambitions—these were the materials out of which I built my after life, in the open workshop of America. My days in the slums were pregnant with possibilities; it only needed the ripeness of events to make them fruit forth in realities. Steadily as I worked to win America, America advanced to lie at my feet. I was an heir, on Dover Street, awaiting maturity. I was a princess waiting to be led to the throne.
Mary Antin (1881–1949), U.S. socialite and author; born in Russia. The Promised Land, ch. 19 (1912).

A Russian Jew, Antin emigrated to the United States at age fifteen with her family and settled on Dover Street in Boston's slums. She attended prestigious Barnard College and made her way up in Boston society.
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