An Irish girl and her brother travel to America for a new chance at life after losing their parents to famine and to the religious injustice of being Catholic in a Protestant nation. In America, they are immigrants and not treated kindly, given poor work conditions and jobs that no one wants. They survive just as others will.
I can hardly belive me and my brother are on our way to America
Seems like yesterday when our parents died from starvation
Losing everything from the potato crop famine, our home, our parents... our only option was to leave. To spend a month on the sea with little food, we may not survive. Others have already died, who is to say we are not next.
At least in America, we have a chance at a new life. I do not know entirely how we will live since neither of us is educated, being denied that right by the English Protestant for being Catholic.
In New York, maybe I shall work as a servent with my brother. In a place that does not condem us to suffering because of our religion. Hope is how people like us will survive.
2 Years later...
A family took me and my brother as servants, the fact that we are immigrants means we will never be treated kindly. I work 12 hours each day before given a break, and my bones ache, and it pains me knowing that my brother has almost come of age to work on the railroads so they will send him off soon.
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