Going to America ...

The Promised Land!


Why do immigrants come to the United States?
Often they come because they desire the basic human rights and freedoms that are offered to all citizens in America. These four lessons explore the reasons that Russian Jews left the Pale in the late 1800's and early 1900's by using the writings of one such immigrant, Mary Antin.

Mary and her family moved to the United States in 1892 and settled in Chelsea and later Boston. Among the rights that Mary's family sought were education, religious freedom, and the ability to freely make a living. Mary's experiences were not unique and her writings are very insightful of the struggles of immigrants of that time.

Should I Stay or Should I Go?  -- Natalie Forbes Never Look Back - Inmaculada Peters But in America, We Can Go to School - Jessica Travaline Free to Be Me - Hope Rossow
Should I Stay or Should I Go?
Created by:
Natalie Forbes, Highlands School, Braintree
Never Look Back

Created by:
Inmaculada Peters, Kelly School, Chelsea
But in America, We can Go to School
Created by:
Jessica Travaline, Berkowitz School, Chelsea
Free to Be Me

Created by:
Hope Rossow, Kelly School, Chelsea
Background image:
Contents from Mary Antin's scrapbook and homework.
Courtesy of the Boston Public Library's Rare Books Department.