The Journey of an Immigrant

The Journey of an Immigrant

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  • Leaving Home Country
  • There is nothing but hunger for me in Ireland. I'm going to leave for America with my family.
  • The Voyage
  • We're leaving? But it's so cramped in here!
  • Ellis Island and Processing
  • No, sir, I'm not an Anarchist.
  • Many immigrants left because of what we call “push-pull” factors. Some of these factors include plague, famine, and the promise of a better job in America.
  • Moving on to America
  • I can't believe we made it!
  • People looking to gain citizenship often came over to America in unfavorable conditions. The voyage, typically taking around 2 weeks, was spent in a cramped living space full of disease and death.
  • Starting Work
  • Scab!
  • But I need to pay for my son's journey!
  • The very first place immigrants set foot on after their trip was Ellis Island, a processing center. Here they were asked questions and given health checkups. Those who produced bad results were sent back to their countries.
  • Integration
  • My mom came over from Ireland when she was just a little girl.
  • After processing, immigrants who were allowed to become citizens moved onwards and waited for a family member to retrieve them. Families with no patriarch were required to wait; those with one had no such rule.
  • Many immigrants were poor; often, people of the same heritage would live close by in low-quality housing. Immigrants also needed work. That is, for many, where factories came in. These factories were rarely safe, but campaigning for your rights could mean getting placed on a blacklist. For immigrant workers who often needed to pay for families in their home country, this was not good. This led many to become scab workers.
  • After a few generations, many European immigrants have completely lost the culture they once had.  This is the current state of the ancestors of those that came over in the mid-1800s and early 1900s.
  • Wow, really?
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