European immigrant

magine 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, as an additional option that is not required, religious tradition):

  • Country of origin
  • Poland
  • Italy
  • Bulgaria
  • Greece
  • Ukraine
  • Czechoslovakia
  • Serbia
  • Religious tradition
  • Catholic
  • Jewish
  • Lutheran
  • Other Protestant
  • No religious tradition

Write a -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 some 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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