04 July 2012

National Archives exhibit shows prejudices faced by immigrants over the years

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With many of our ancestors emigrants, whether as the country was forming or as the immigration wave of the early 1900s hit, we have a shared fascination with learning what life was like for emigrants and also in the trials and tribulations of leaving their birth country.  It took my great grandfather at least 3 attempts to be able to legally emigrate and his future wife’s family all came over one-at-a-time.

An article recently published in the Washington Post, “National Archives Exhibit shows prejudices faced by immigrants over the years,” discusses some of the challenges faced by the emigrants with regards to be allowed to emigrate.

... in the National Archives’ new exhibit on the history of the travails of immigration, which opened Friday in the archives’ main building in downtown Washington.

Entitled “Attachments: Faces and Stories From America’s Gates,” it is a look at the difficulties and prejudices faced by immigrants down through the years, and the harrowing roads some traveled to reach America.

Told with documents, letters and affidavits, the exhibit’s power is in its black-and-white photographs — many blown up to huge size — of people.

Read the full article.

Did your emigrant ancestor face challenges in their efforts to emigrate to the US?  If so, please share their story!

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