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So this is interesting…

Our next topic will be immigration. I came across this short video on Ellis Island – it is riddled with “fun facts.” Additionally, an article is entitled, “The Messy Fight to Feed Immigrants at Ellis Island.” Feel free to expand your knowledge!

Excerpt: “When Joseph Haas landed on Ellis Island, he was overwhelmed. The undernourished 14-year-old had been on a boat from Germany for weeks. He was alone. As he entered the Great Hall, he heard a cacophony of languages. The day was a blur—but almost 70 years later, he still remembered eating his first meal in America, a boxed lunch that cost two of the ten dollars he carried in his pocket….”

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Women at Work in Maine

In class we have been studying the Gilded Age and industrialism in America at the turn of the century. As a Mainer, I love to see the role the hard working men, women, and children of Maine played in shaping our country’s history. Below is an excerpt from the Maine Memory Network, along with a link to the article and images.

Working Women of the Old Port

“By the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries, increasing numbers of women worked outside the home for pay, in jobs that ranged from dirty, hot, and dangerous factory work, to teaching school or owning one’s own business.”