Essay about American Dream

1135 Words Jun 20th, 2014 5 Pages
The American Dream
An Immigrant journey
University of Phoenix HIST/120

At The beginning of the 19th Century, I immigrated to the United States from Italy. As a young Italian at the age of 17, I left Italy and my family in expectation of improving my life and to make a future for myself. My home in Italy was starting to become difficult to live in, especially with reading and hearing all the news and opportunities that America has to offer. I had seen a poster on the corner by a steamship company that depicted the most affordable way to travel. With all the possibilities in mind, this was the way I wanted to reach my goals. The price for a ticket for a steerage or as a third class was about the amount of $25, which was about a
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Then I had to be interviewed by a clerk, the interviewer would ask it I had any money to be handed over to a charge to find work for me well as a place to sleep before I made my way to Chicago. Leaving Italy was very difficult for me, but I knew I had to make something of myself and my family as well in order to get away from poverty. It was a dream to go back to Italy and buy land for my family for they could have some privacy In Italy landlords would charge outrages prices for apartments. Moving to America would make our dreams come true, so I thought. In small Italian towns that meant meatpacking facilities and steel plants that were all the industry required. I knew that was where I needed to be. I soon realized that setting in Chicago was going to be less than pleasant. As I and other immigrants arrived, we found ourselves in the city of great discrimination. We were labeled viewed as "strikebreakers" or "wage cutters." My view was that everyone wanted to work, but it had come clear that people in Chicago did not want to share the job. They wanted to do the work they were currently doing for higher pay. Although I was happy to have a job and get paid for less, it did come with consequences. I worked twelve hour's days six days a week for less than five dollars a week. The earnings were not enough

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