Story of an Irish Immigrant

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  • Life in Ireland
  • I really miss my father. He's been gone almost a year now and I can't find a job to support myself.
  • Housing in Ireland
  • I'm so hungry and I can hardly find enough food to eat.
  • Ready for a New Life
  • Life in Ireland was hard for a sixteen year old girl named Elizabeth Delaney. She was very poor and she couldn't find any work. She only had one living relative, her father, who had traveled to America the previous year hoping to find work to support them.
  • Journey to America (continued)
  • Elizabeth lived by herself in a one-room cabin. The cabin had very little furniture and food and only contained one door and one window. It had a wooden floor and a small fireplace.
  • Arrival at Ellis Island
  • We've finally landed!
  • On May 17, 1892, Elizabeth left Ireland on the SS Bothnia, a British steam passenger ship. Her long and exhausting journey would take her to Ellis Island in New York to be reunited with her father.
  • The Inspection Process
  • I feel like this is taking forever. I really hope I pass this inspection.
  • Although Elizabeth was glad to be on her way to America, her excitement couldn't take away the awful feeling of being on a dirty, overcrowded ship. Because she was so poor she to travel in third class and received very little food and no personal space.
  • I'm so glad that I finally get to go to America!
  • It's so stuffy and dirty in here.
  • Elizabeth Delaney arrived at Ellis Island on May 28, 1892. She was very grateful to be back on land and couldn't wait to see her father again.
  • After arriving at Ellis Island, she had to go through inspection which took several hours. Whether or not she passed the inspection would determine whether she could stay in America with her father.
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