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HST 165 Week 2 Individual Assignment Immigration Experience

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HST 165 Week 2 Individual Assignment Immigration Experience

Instructions: Imagine you are a European immigrant to America, trying to adapt to the new life you sought. You want to share your experiences with your family back home so they will better understand. Choose a country of origin and religious tradition:   

  • Country of origin
  • Poland
  • Italy
  • Bulgaria    
  • Greece
  • Ukraine
  • Czechoslovakia
  • Serbia
  • Religious tradition
  • Catholic
  • Jewish
  • Lutheran
  • Other Protestant
  • No religious tradition Write a 700- to 1,050-word first-person description of your experiences as an immigrant to America in the late 19th or early 20th century. The description should take the form of a journal entry, autobiography, or diary.

Include descriptions of ALL of the following:   

  • The political, social, or economic factors that precipitated your migration
  • The journey across the ocean, including sleeping accommodations and available food
  • Ellis Island
  • The city you settle in and why
  • The racist attitudes of some Americans
  • Tenement housing
  • Factory conditions, hours worked, and pay
  • The status your children eventually achieve

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