Immigrant Voices Essay
The Book Immigrant Voices by Thomas Dublin is focused on giving readers a close view of what things were like for immigrants between the years of 1773-1986.It contains diaries, letters, autobiographies, and interviews of actual immigrants during this time period.The book tells many facts about immigration to America and the harsh realities people faced.
Thefirst immigrant I read about was John Harrower.Harrower was from the Shetland Islands and was forced to leave in 1773 due to poverty and despair.Harrower left his wife and children in order to find work in America.Harrower signed away his freedom in order to cross the ocean.On the journey to America Harrower delt with his own sickness and watched others die.Harrower watched men that he knew, friends, who had died of illness get tossed overboard and thrown into the ocean.
Harrower was a smart man, therefore, when he reached America he became a tutor.John instructed the children of the man of which he was serving.After being there for nearly four years Harrower had saved up almost enough money to bring his family over to America.John Harrower died of an unknown illness before he could bring his wife and children to their new home.
Some of the letters that I spoke if were those of William and Sophie Frank Seyffard to their families.William and Sophie were Germans who came from well off families.William and Sophie were married and they were happy together. William Seyffard bought a farm where he and Sophie would live.They had children and were happy in America for the most part, until their mill burnt down and they lost practically everything they had.They owed mortgages and creditors.They moved off of their own farm and all of their children got ill with scarlet fever.The one by the name of Ernst died.
Another instance of a heartbreaking story of an immigrant is that of Rosa Cassettari.She was an Italian who wa…