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Katie G. ~ Immigration Project

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FC: The Journal Of: Anastasie Lefebvre | By: Katie Goebner

1: June 04, 1899 Dear Journal, My family has decided to go to America. I am glad to be leaving because our family is not making enough money. However I don’t understand what is so great about America. My family has a nice little house and I have tons of friends. My parents, Josette and Francois, will not listen to me when I say that we should stay. They would say that if we didn’t go they wasted valuable time teaching me English. | My Mother, Josette | My Father, Francois

2: June 05, 1899 Dear Journal, I found out that my family is taking a giant ship to America. So we packed one of our outfits and then one reminder of France. I brought my doll named Juliette. | My doll, Juliette, and I

3: June 07, 1899 Dear Journal,Finally the day had come, the day we board the ship. Thousands of people surrounded us on the dock. I couldn’t see the water because I was shorter than the adults, I was only 8 years old. When I heard the loud honking noise, I knew this was my last time seeing France. | This is my families luggage tag | Lefebvre Family | This is the ship I took to Ellis Island

4: June 08, 1899 Dear Journal, The ship was so crowded I could hardly move. Everyone in my family rehearsed the interview questions that the people at Ellis Island would ask us. My brothers, Honoré and Frédéric, are lucky because they are too young to answer questions. | My brothers Honoré and Frédéric

5: June 10, 1899 Dear Journal, It was getting very annoying getting squashed by people that were strangers. We were on the boat for about 4 days. I also discovered that I have a weak stomach. When ever the boat went up and down, I would run up to the deck and lose my lunch. The whole entire trip I was hungry, but I knew that I couldn’t eat because of my stomach. | Ellis Island

6: June 11, 1899 Dear Journal, On the 5th day everyone rushed up to the deck. I was confused at first why people ran up there, until someone screamed, “'Amérique!!!” That is French for America. I ran up on deck and saw the big, green, Statue of Liberty! The buildings were huge, they were the biggest building that I have ever seen! I never would have thought that America would be this beautiful. Right then I knew America would have amazing opportunities. | The view from our ship.

7: June 11, 1899 Dear Journal, I took my first step on to America. It was so exciting. After that we walked inside to the Baggage Room. I wonder why we have to drop off our luggage, we barely brought anything and all of our belongings were in one trunk? However we dropped our stuff off anyway. Then all of my family walked up the stairs in the Great Hall. The doctors were watching us and it seemed as they were unhappy with their jobs. When we got up to the top of the stairs we had to wait till they called our names. Finally they called me but instead of Anastasie they said, ”Anastasia Lefebvre!” Even though that was not my name I still went to get my examinations. Since I was getting sea sick on the boat and still was a little green, they decided to detain me. | Mother and Father on the dock after we got off of the ship to Ellis Island

8: June 12, 1899 Dear Journal, I am stuck here on Ellis Island until the doctors say I can go. It is so lonely and sad. I am afraid to talk to other kids because I am a little shy. However the food here is surprisingly good. They gave me white bread, I had never had this kind of American white bread before. The bread was good, but not as good as the French bread Papa would bring home on rare occasions. This white bread reminded me of my friend Lexi that I had to leave behind in France. She said that she might be coming in the next year, I hope that is true. | My friend Lexi and her little sister | This is the bread that I ate when I was detained

9: June 13, 1899 Dear Journal, Mama and Papa have come to take me home! I am so relieved that I wont have to be alone any more. I wonder if the rest of America will have tall buildings just like this place? I also wonder if Lexi will come to America, however the only way to find out is to wait and see. | The tall buildings I saw

10: Me (on the right) and Lexi (on the left) at a beach in Europe 10 years later after we met up again | This is a Euro we got them in Europe | This is my ticket from my trip with Lexi | Years Later

11: These are my brothers Honoré and Frédéric when they joined the Army in 1916 | This is my new puppy Paris, She is so cute , I got her in 1913 | Paris | This is my brothers' patch | This is my dogs tag

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