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  • This is Michel he is from small village in Potenza  Italy  where he went to school and worked with his father making shoes 
  • Michel wants to go to america  for a better life 
  • Michel left Italy by boat to start a new life in America  when he was 25
  • What Michel didn't know was once he got here life would be hard due to most Americans seeing Italin people as lower class and uneducated 
  • After a long 14 week boat ride Michel finally arrived at a port on Ellis island where a lot of other Italian immigrants came though 
  • Michel's journey wasn't over yet he still need to get to Colorado because his sponsor was there 
  • he traveled by train to get to whats now know as lakewood CO 
  • Michel had an advantage that most didn't have he had 11th grade education and learned English before he came over without those things he would have faced more discrimination 
  • After a long train ride he finally arrived in Colorado where he met with his immigration sponsor.
  • he also started to be called things like dirty and a whop people didn't like him just because he came from Italy though if he wasnt a man it would have been a lot worse 
  • 2 years later 
  • because of his educatin Michel was able to open his own shoes shop 
  • thats also around the time he met my great great great great grandma lucia sansa 
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