While this is usually described as an immigrant's lessons in American treatment of women, it should also be described as an immigrant's lessons in American treatment of immigrants, as he becomes a target for bullying on the streets, in his home, and on his farm, before finally being hauled away and shackled into slavery: "Completely Americanized!". Of even greater concern than the film and its authoritarian message is how rarely this disturbing aspect of the film is noted in modern reviews - which raises the question: over 100 years later, is assimilation by violent force, humiliation, and degradation still the accepted method of "Making An American Citizen"?
Ivan Orloff and his unhappy (unnamed) wife
In the land of freedom. His first lesson in Americanism.
In their new home, Ivan receives his second lesson in Americanism
In the country, his third lesson
Ivan's wife begins to live in the American way
As a fourth lesson, Ivan is sentenced to six months of penal servitude