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Federated Freedom Struggles: Selected Student Quotes

Honors Modern Western Civilizations Spring 2021


"Once I thought to write a history of the immigrants in America. Then I discovered that the immigrants were American history." - Oscar Handlin

"Every American who ever lived, with the exception of one group, was either an immigrant himself or a descendant of immigrants." - John F. Kennedy

"I remember my grandfather always telling me
how he knew he could be rich in America
because he saw riches in the architecture of Ellis Island.

He felt that if they let the poor in
such a gorgeous hall then life in this country
was just."
- Rosanne Welch, granddaughter of  an Italian immigrant in 1904