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Andrew Cramer- Immagration Project

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FC: Journey To America | By, Andrew Cramer

1: Felicia Izydor Boarding Ticket August-10-1915 One Way | America be ready cause here I come Ameryka jest gotowa spowodowa tu wróc | My boarding ticket I used to get on the boat | Me and my Dad's baggage we brought to America

2: Poland- August 10 1915 Felicia Izydor Leaving The big, gray truck was coming to a stop. We finally arrived at the boarding dock. My dad passed the driver a few coins and he started unloading our bags from the back seat. My dad told me to sit on the curb while we got ready for our big voyage to America. I didn't listen, instead I yelled at him to give me my bag and I sat down grumpily on my seat. I didn't want to leave Poland and I really didn't want to leave my mom, Gabriel and my brother, Adam. My dad said we would go to America, make money and later they would come over to America and live with us. He said that poverty was hitting Poland and we could save Gabriel and Adam from suffering if we went to America and got them money. I wanted them to come with us but my dad said they couldn't!

3: The truck that drove me to the boarding dock | Me getting ready to leave for my trip to the America

4: It was our turn to board the ship. We waited in the big, crowded line for a long time until it was finally our turn to enter the big boat. We got on the boat easily but I was not enjoying it. It smelled like rats and there were so many people, I could barely breathe! I hated the boat so much!

5: My Journey

6: The noises when I slept, the sick people and the rocking waves all devastated me throughout the long and tired journey. Me my dad and about 20 more strangers were all crammed into a room at the bottom of the boat. We had no fresh air in our room and we did not have one bathroom. We had to go to the top deck to use the restroom. Some nights if it was warm, I tried to sleep outside. During the day my dad and I would play a polish game that my mom created. It was really fun and took a long time to finish. The boat crew came to our rooms every morning and served us breakfast. The small meal was usually a slice of bread and sometimes jam; I hated it! | The Stupid Bread | The Giant Waves

7: The board game that my mom made up.

8: August 30, 1915 The voyage to America was long, tiresome and irritating but all of those feelings disappeared when I saw the bright green statue of liberty. One week of being horribly treated, crammed into a room and under fed finally paid off when I saw that magnificent, tall, green woman of freedom.

9: People were screaming and yelling at the site of the statue of liberty. There were thousands of people on the top deck praying and thanking god for bringing them to America. | Everyone was filled with joy. I looked up into my dad's eyes and he said to me in a quiet voice “we made it.” The boat was docking and everyone was running to their rooms to get their baggage and race of the ship. I couldn't wait to take my first steps on American soil. | Ellis Island

10: My dad told me we would have to wait for a long time and take a lot of health tests. He told me that the government only wanted healthy and smart people in America. I was led me to the baggage room first where I put my small suitcase down on the dirty hard wood floor. We later entered the great hall, we waited for hours in the line, I was miserable! Next, doctors pulled me away from my dad. I was scared. | First, the doctors gave me a physical exam, then they tested my sight, hearing and checked if I had any diseases. Luckily both my dad and I passed the exams. We were off to the great hall again! There, my dad and I had to wait for another three hours. It was getting to be a long day. My dad told me we were almost done, all we had to do was answer a few legal questions and exchange our polish zloty for American money. That process only took an hour. | The Luggage Room | Our Polish Zloty

11: We were off to America and off to freedom. Our long journey finally ended and I, Felicia Izydor was now a free seven-year-old girl. Today was one of the best day of my life. I knew as I walked away from the kissing post that I would love America. I was right!

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