When Emma arrived in Ellis Island she had to go through the port of entry, as all immigrants did coming into America did.
My character had it a lot easier than other immigrants from different countries. Since she's relatively young people took less advantage of her than they could've if she was, say, 16. I also think since she was white female they treated her with more respect than they would've if she was a darker woman. Since she was educated and spoke great english that also gives her a social boost because its easier for her to communicate.
She had found a small house and used the money she took with her from Dublin to pay for it. She then realized she needed a job to support her needs.
I based this very loosely on Annie Moore, she was a migrant from Cork County, Ireland. She as well migrated to Ellis Island, New York. In 1892 the island had opened and became a port of entry for people immigrating from outside the US. The port was in use for 60 years and closed in 1954, about 40 percent of people can trace their ancestors back to this port as well. Its estimated that 12 million people have been processed at the Port of Entry.
Emma got a job in a shoe making factory. Little did she know that discrimination would still be present in the workplace. She received less pay than workers who were born in America.
I only have $6 dollars mam, but I really need food.
Again, the people of America would take advantage of the migrants politeness and would try to scam them of their hard earned money.
NO. The set price is $10 and its final. Maybe you should work harder and earn more money if you're going to live in this country.