John has immigrated to America from Italy. His parents could not come with him, and he is all alone.
When he got to America, he was very scared, because now he didn't know where to go. He is only a thirteen year old boy, in a new city with unknown possibility's.
fortunately, a kind old Italian woman let him stay in her tenement home
His first weeks in America were very hard, but afterwards, things were starting to look up for him. He found a job selling newspapers on the corner of the street. The old woman has let him live with her, as long as he can pay the rent.
Those weeks turned to months, and those months turned to years. When John was nineteen years old, he got married.
John lived a hard life. Immigrants were always getting cheated and disrespected. Most lived in unsanitary conditions.