Changes in America During the Early 1900ís:
You are provided with an identity of a person living in or immigrating to
the United States during the early 1900ís.
Take this identity and write a three-paragraph essay describing their
experiences. Your resources are unlimited.
Here are a few suggestions:
Your notes from
Help from a
grandparent or friend who may have lived during this time.
parents may know about their parents during that time.
recommend taking the Ellis Island tour so you can see what happened as the
immigrants entered the United States. You
can take this tour right from your computer by going to: http://teacherscholastic.com/immigrat/ellis/index.htm
also use the Ellis Island website: http://www.ellisisland.org
I am a 32-year-old, male, American factory worker.
I have a wife and a 13-year-old son.
I work and we live in Perth Amboy, New Jersey, which is directly across
from Staten Island, New York. We
live in a small two-bedroom apartment two blocks from the factory I work at. I work from 5:00 in the morning until 3:00 at night and make
just enough money to pay my rent and put food on the table for my family.
family has been here since the middle of the 1700ís. I have great-grandparents who fought in the Revolutionary War
with General George Washington and grandparents who fought in the Civil War with
the army from the North.
How does this person and his family feel about immigration?