FC: A True American's Tale Of Immigration
1: The Ship
2: Date: January 4, 1910 Dear Journal, Today was the day we set aboard the ship. The ship seemed very big but once we boarded it seemed very cramped. Since we were leaving from Ireland we had to be there very early in the morning. Still, I was the last person allowed on the boat. We had to leave my Da and my two sisters Mary and Abigail Montmorency, behind. My name is Margaret Montmorency.
3: Back to the boat. As I said, the boat was very crowded. It was also very dirty. Thank the lord we were near the deck. I might have gone crazy if I hadn’t been able to get away from the smell of sweat and salty fish. Other than that my voyage was uneventful. Margaret
4: The Statue of Liberty
5: Date: January 5, 1910 Dear Journal, We finally sighted the Statue of Liberty! Someone shouted “There it is!” and I ran. We all saw the Statue of Liberty and gasped as one. It was huge! It proved that we were in America.
6: Some things I brought with me.... | A teddy bear, a quilt, clothing and a picture of my family, I also had some money.
7: I ran downstairs and got my mother and the two bags. We were only allowed one bag each so I had only packed things I needed. I brought my teddy bear, a quilt mama had made, some clothing, and a photo of my family. I also had a little money and soon that would be changed to American dollars.
8: Ellis Island
9: Someone shouted. We had arrived at Ellis Island. Margaret
10: Date: January 6, 1910 Dear Journal, Ellis Island was scary! When we arrived, we stayed overnight and were processed the next day. First were the medical exams, and I was afraid mama wouldn’t make it through. They said she showed signs of a cold. So we were detained for a day. She was better!
11: The medical exams at Ellis Island were tough. If an immigrant showed any signs of illness the immigrant was detained so the doctors could examine them better.
12: Date: January 6, 1910 Dear Journal, Ellis Island was scary! When we arrived, we stayed overnight and were processed the next day. First were the medical exams, and I was afraid mama wouldn’t make it through. They said she showed signs of a cold. So we were detained for a day. She was better!
13: In the intelligence exams they asked a lot of questions that were very hard for immigrants to answer.
14: Next, the intelligence exams. Mama and I both passed! They asked lots of questions and I answered truthfully. So did mama.
15: Lots of questions were asked... | Some were asked about what they knew... | and some were asked about themselves.
16: We then exchanged our money. We were rich! Mama’s money and mine combined equaled a total of 200 American dollars.
17: 200 dollars! We were rich!
18: The great hall! It's so big!
19: We entered the great hall and I was completely blown away. It was so big! I didn’t think that earth could house all these immigrants! It took mama awhile to get our leave settled. After that we passed the kissing post, through the hallway and we were free! True Americans! Margaret