[[File:American_Girls_in_Red_Russia.jpg|left|270px|thumbnail|<i>American Girls in Red Russia</i> - Julia Mickenberg]]
After the creation of the Soviet Union, thousands of Americans emigrated to Russia every year to join in the new communist experiment. Some of these people were excited by the potential of communist state while others will looking for work. Julia L. Mickenberg's new book <i>[ American Girls in Russia: Chasing the Soviet Dream]</i> published by the [ University of Chicago Press] explores the history of the American women who went to Russia looking for adventure, freedom, revolution, work and a new life. After they moved to Russia they found challenges and hardships. Many were disturbed by both the conditions of the country and the treatment of people by the new government. <i>American Girls in Russia</i> explores the stories of these women and provides a glimpse into both their lives and the conditions in the Soviet Union in the 1920s and 30s.
Julia Mickenberg is an associate professor in the Department of American Studies at the University of Texas Austin. She writes and teaches about radicalism, women's history, Russia, and children's literature. She has written and edited two previous books: <i>[ Learning from the Left: Children's Literature, the Cold War, and Radical Politics in the United States]</i> and <i>[ Tales for Little Rebels: A Collection of Radical Children's Literature].</i>