Scottish Teen Tells of Her 1921 Journey in Steerage

[From my immigrant oral histories collection: This is the story of Helen, who sailed from Glascow, Scotland, in 1921.  She was 14 and traveled with her mother and three brothers to rejoin her father who had left for America a year earlier.]  “It may sound terrible, but I have no love, no feelings at all … More Scottish Teen Tells of Her 1921 Journey in Steerage

True Immigrant Stories: Young Teenager at Ellis Island

[This is another true immigrant story from my oral history collection, gathered as part of my research for the historical novel, Guardians of the Gate.  In 1925 at age 13, Heinz sailed alone from Bremen to live with his aunt and uncle in the United States. “We arrived on Election Day and our ship was … More True Immigrant Stories: Young Teenager at Ellis Island