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Stephanie - Immigration project

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S: The Journal of hope by Stephanie

BC: A young girl's journey to America from England

FC: The Journal of hope | Stephanie Bush

1: My journey to America

2: Dear Stephanie, I will miss you so much . I hope we can see each other soon . From, Rosa Lee | First flower I picked in America | Letter from Rosa | Friendship bracelets Rosa and I made | Free

3: Memories | Stephanie smith family of 3 From England | Picture of my dad when he was in collage (only one I have of him) | Baby doll I brought | baggage tag

4: 2/5/1922 Dear Journal, Today my mother told us we were going to America. She had brought it up before but I never thought she was serious. So many people are going to America that I was not too surprised to find out that we were going too. We do not have much money. Daddy has to stay behind and earn money, so he can come over. I am going with my brother and my mom. | ME (7) | My little brother Adam ( 3) | Mom and Dad

5: We’re only allowed one bag per person so I packed some clothes a baby doll my dad gave me and a letter my friend wrote me. I’m so scared I feel like my life has been ripped out of my hands and turned upside down, then been thrown against a wall and smashed. I have to sell some of my little trinkets and mom is selling some of her clothes and special things so we can go and have some left over money. | all the bags piled up and ready to go. | My used stuff up for sale so we can go to America | -only one's mine

6: I’m thinking of hiding under my bed and never coming out. I have already agreed to stop school and leave with my mom so, hiding would not stop me from going. I am leaving my old life, my dad, and all my friends. Mom says we’re leaving because she doesn’t trust the government here. But it feels like she just wants to ruin my perfectly good life, right here. Well I’m going and I can’t stop mom from making me go. Love, Stephanie | This is my friend Rosa Lee I left her back at England | My plain room

7: 2/7/1922 Dear Journal, We are going to go and meet the boat that will take us far away from England to a supposedly better life. Our cousin is living in America and will be the one to help us through there. She’ll come pick us up too. She says you have to pass all different tests. | Our cousin who will pick us up when we get to America | The boat that will take us to America

8: I know how to write and read in English already so it’s easier than most people’s cases. But the money will be hard and different. But I have some questions too: What will the trip be like? Will I ever see my dad again? Will America be what they say it is, the land of the brave and free? I’m only 7 and I’m leaving my familiar world behind! Love, Stephanie | I know how to write | So many questions | Money is not so easy

9: 2/8/1922 Dear Journal, I am now on the boat with 5 billion other people. I’m squished and pushed into a tight space. The beds are really just hammocks with pillows. There is no sunlight in the cabins. It also smells like something died in there. | Inside the boat | The boat itself

10: I keep pestering mom to go out on deck so I can get some fresh air. I wish I could see the Island and get off this miserable boat. It rained for a little while but only like a drizzle. Will my family (of 3 now) ever get to America? I hope so, I feel rather sea sick. Love, Stephanie | When it rained on the boat | Sick of the sea

11: 2/12/1922 Dear Journal, I have spent few or more days on this “delightful” ship, but now I can see land and that beautiful statue. I'm getting off the boat and running on Ellis Island then I will be waiting in line with my brother and mom to get tested. I know my English better than most and hope I will be successful on the tests. | First time I saw the statue of Liberty | The Flag

12: The people watched us climb the stairs to see if we were weak. I was examined and asked questions and given small puzzles to figure out. No one in my family was sick so we stayed together. But other people got weird stamps on their backs to show they were sick or injured. When we were finished we exchanged our money for U.S dollars. Then they said we were free to go to America and live our life with our cousin Lucy. | Stairs we climbed | We had to figure out puzzles

13: I'm feeling great and I made it through now I have to get on in America and hope to see my dad. But I am happy I made the powerful journey from England to America. Love, Stephanie | The Flag | From England to America

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