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CLIP 11114

Why did people want to emigrate to America?

Why did people want to emigrate to America?
Key Info
  • Why did people want to emigrate to America?
  • Duration: 02:56
  • Katherine Korona who emigrated from Poland to America talks about her old life in Poland and her hopes for a new life in America. A discussion on how immigrants escaped the poverty of their own country or for political/religious reasons for the lure of the American Dream.
  • Credits: Footage Farm, National Archives Washington, Library of Congress Washington
  • Subject:



    USA: 1917-1941

  • Keywords: colour, immigrants, poverty, peasant, class, opportunity, religious, political, persecution, New World, prosper, money.
Ideas for use in class
  • Opportunity for in depth class discussion regarding reasons for immigration such as political reasons.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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