It was just a dream...

By Jacqueline J.

Prologue

“Grammy Frieda, tell me a story!”

“What story would you like to hear, Millie?”

“One about when you came to America!”


As a child, I always loved hearing my grandmother’s stories about being an immigrant. She was from Germany and came to America in 1893. In her stories, she would talk about all of the things that amazed her, like the Statue of Liberty and the skyscrapers, but she always glossed over the bad things. However, in school, I learned the truth about immigrants and their lives in America. After my grandmother’s death, I started to have dreams about her experiences as an immigrant. This was one of them.

“Frieda, look! It’s Mrs. Liberty!”


I glanced at Mother, tears were welling up in her eyes. She looked so happy to finally be in America. Following her request, I took a glimpse at the statue. She was like a goddess, welcoming us to the land of opportunities. The other immigrants gathered on the deck. Some of them were pointing, some were crying, and others just stood in complete shock and amazement.1

Epilogue

I woke up back in my apartment in Chicago to the annoying sound of my alarm clock. No longer was I my deceased grandmother Frieda. I was back in my own body, in my own time, as Millie. It was just dream, but it felt so real. Was it truly just a figment of my imagination, or was it my grandmother sharing her memories from beyond the grave?

Endnotes

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2. "Journey to America." Mattivi Family History. Accessed December 1, 2015. http://www.mattivifamily.com/immigration/journey_to_america/journey_to_america.html.


3. "The Immigrant Journey." Ellis Island National Monument. Accessed December 1, 2015. http://www.ohranger.com/ellis-island/immigration-journey.


4. "Journey to America." Mattivi Family History. Accessed December 1, 2015. http://www.mattivifamily.com/immigration/journey_to_america/journey_to_america.html.


5. "The Immigrant Journey." Ellis Island National Monument. Accessed December 1, 2015. http://www.ohranger.com/ellis-island/immigration-journey.


6. Jarlson, Axel. "A Swedish Emigrant's Story: Axel Jarlson." Digital History. January 8, 1903. Accessed December 1, 2015. http://www.digitalhistory.uh.edu/voices/social_history/3swedish_emigrant.cfm.


7. "The Immigrant Journey." Ellis Island National Monument. Accessed December 1, 2015. http://www.ohranger.com/ellis-island/immigration-journey.


8. "The Pennsylvania Limited." American-Rails.com. Accessed December 1, 2015. http://www.american-rails.com/penn-lmtd.html.


9. Binford, Henry. "Tenements." Encyclopedia of Chicago. Accessed December 1, 2015. http://www.encyclopedia.chicagohistory.org/pages/1240.html.


10. "The Total Population and Its Elements at Each Census: 1790 to 1890." Library of Congress. 1898. Accessed December 1, 2015. http://www.loc.gov/resource/g3701gm.gct00010/?sp=32.


11. Harzig, Christiane. "Germans." Encyclopedia of Chicago. Accessed December 1, 2015. http://www.encyclopedia.chicagohistory.org/pages/512.html.


12. Burns, David. "Big City Political Machines and Boss Tweed." Frameworks for America's Past. Accessed December 1, 2015. http://www.fasttrackteaching.com/burns/Unit_4_Cities/U4_Tammany_Hall_NYC.html.


13. "The Tweed Ring." United States History. Accessed December 1, 2015. http://www.u-s-history.com/pages/h703.html.


14. "Home Insurance Building." History.com. Accessed December 1, 2015. http://www.history.com/topics/home-insurance-building.


15. "The Spanish-American War: The United States Becomes a World Power." Library of Congress. Accessed December 1, 2015. https://www.loc.gov/teachers/classroommaterials/primarysourcesets/spanish-american-war/pdf/teacher_guide.pdf.


16. Binford, Henry. "Tenements." Encyclopedia of Chicago. Accessed December 1, 2015. http://www.encyclopedia.chicagohistory.org/pages/1240.html.


17. "The Spanish-American War: The United States Becomes a World Power." Library of Congress. Accessed December 1, 2015. https://www.loc.gov/teachers/classroommaterials/primarysourcesets/spanish-american-war/pdf/teacher_guide.pdf.


18. "The Spanish-American War: The United States Becomes a World Power." Library of Congress. Accessed December 1, 2015. https://www.loc.gov/teachers/classroommaterials/primarysourcesets/spanish-american-war/pdf/teacher_guide.pdf.


19. Tindall, George Brown, and David E. Shi. "The Emergence of Urban America." In America: A Narrative History, 830. 9th ed. Vol. 2. New York, NY: W. W. Norton & Company, 2013.


20. Sinclair, Upton. "Upton Sinclair Hits His Readers in the Stomach." History Matters. 1905. Accessed December 1, 2015. http://historymatters.gmu.edu/d/5727/.


21. Rouse, Kristen. "Meat Inspection Act of 1906." Encyclopedia Britannica Online. September 17, 2014. Accessed December 1, 2015. http://www.britannica.com/topic/Meat-Inspection-Act.


22. Rouse, Kristen. "Meat Inspection Act of 1906." Encyclopedia Britannica Online. September 17, 2014. Accessed December 1, 2015. http://www.britannica.com/topic/Meat-Inspection-Act.


23."The Trust Buster." U.S. History. Accessed December 1, 2015. http://www.ushistory.org/us/43b.asp.


24. Alchin, Linda. "Square Deal." United States History for Kids. Accessed December 1, 2015. http://www.american-historama.org/1881-1913-maturation-era/square-deal-policy.htm.


25. "Theodore Roosevelt: Domestic Affairs." Miller Center of Public Affairs. Accessed December 1, 2015. http://millercenter.org/president/biography/roosevelt-domestic-affairs.

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