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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.”

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Why Do Americans Celebrate Labor Day?

“According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the holiday is “a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers.” Labor Day is a “yearly national tribute” to the “contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity and wellbeing of our country.”



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Look Magazine: “The Shocking Killing of Approved Killing in Mississippi”

The Shocking Story of Approved Killing in Mississippi

“This article is the infamous confession of J. W. Milam and Roy Bryant to the kidnapping and killing of Emmett Till. Reporter William Bradford Huie reportedly paid the men $4000 for their story. It appeared in Look 20 (24 January 1956): 46–50. Each section is divided and numbered with the original pagination.”

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“The Man Who Survived Two Atomic Bombs”

The Man Who Survived Two Atomic Bombs

“On August 9, 1945, the B-29 bomber “Bockscar” sliced through the clouds above the Japanese city of Nagasaki and unleashed a 22-kiloton plutonium bomb known as “Fat Man.” The blinding white light that followed was sickeningly familiar to Tsutomu Yamaguchi, an engineer who just three days before had been severely injured in the atomic attack at Hiroshima. Seventy years later, learn the story of the man who endured two separate nuclear blasts and lived to tell the tale.”

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TED Talk: Japanese Internment Camps

Why I love a country that once betrayed me | George Takei

When he was a child, George Takei and his family were forced into an internment camp for Japanese-Americans, as a “security” measure during World War II. 70 years later, Takei looks back at how the camp shaped his surprising, personal definition of patriotism and democracy.