Immigration to the USA - write a letter home from a new immigrant

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Alex Haugh

Honors US History 8B

Immigrant Letter


        I hope that all is going well back in Sweden, and that you are safe and sound. I’m sorry, that we never formally said goodbye, but life goes on as I know we will meet again someday. Just remember to remain optimistic and pray that you will find employment. Once I have settled down in the United States, I will send food and money to get you through this time of economic turmoil.

        Though this journey has been long so far, I still have a long ways to go. I have just boarded a train heading to the farmlands of the United States to start a new life as a farmer. The conditions I am faced on the boat were horrendous as I was cramped on a the floor with many other immigrants escaping the turmoil. As I left home, to go to the port, I did not realize how difficult this journey would be until I saw the hundreds of people waiting to enter onto the boat, racing to gain the same freedom I was hoping to see in the distant future. As I entered through the port, many of us were pulled to the side and told that we could only carry a few of our most precious items with us on our journey. Thankfully, I had imagined that this would be the case as I was packing and thus decided it would be necessary to only bring a pen to write this letter, our last picture we took together as we walked in the snow to Christmas eve mass, and  documentations of my farming experience.

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        As I entered the boat, I began to think that the journey would not be as bad as Mr. Skolden had originally told me. However, I quickly learned that I was one of the first passengers to board the ship as hundreds of others boarded hours after I had. Finally, after waiting at port for a whole day, we noticed the ship begging to move through the water and away from our home land. Though we were thankful to be out of our country filled with turmoil, we realized that the hardest part was yet to come as we would ...

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