Chapter 12: Compare and Contrast

My Heritage vs Chapter 12 By Rachel Sklar

My Heritage

My life now is a lot different than most people that were just immigrating to the United States in the late 1800s. For example, I was born in the U.S. and so were my parents and grandparents. Most of my family came from Canada to Minnesota. Some of the things that I like to do that people didn't ever do at this time was traveling. I love the feeling of being somewhere different and looking down at the city from the airplane. Back in the late 1800s and early 1900s, there were no televisions, but now there are. That's another thing that I love to do. Now in the 21st century, it's the law to go to school and you cannot stay home and help around the house.

Chapter 12

A lot has changed sense the late 1800s. For example, not everyone went to school. There was no law that stated that you must go to school. In the book, the Europeans who came through Ellis Island had to go through something called a Citizenship Process. Most of these people came to escape povery. A lot of the children would help around the house because they didn't have all of the electronics that we have now.

Pictures from Ellis Island


By now, you have heard all of the differences about My Heritage and Chapter 12. But the truth is, there are some similarities. When my ancestors came from Russia to Canada, they had to take a boat and so did everyone that went to Ellis Island because there were no airplanes. Also, my ancestors came for a better life. Most of the families that went to New York came for a better life because they might not have liked their life back in Europe. My ancestors are not the only people that came from Russia. Hundreds and maybe even thousands also came from their hometowns.

Wrapping it Up

As you can see, Chapter 12 and My Heritage are very different but at the same time, very similar.