The New American

The Great Wave of immigration through Ellis Island

What does it mean to start a new life in a new country?

Discover the journey from steerage to Ellis Island to the sweatshops of New York City, through the experiences of one young Irish immigrant forced to seek a new American life on her own.

In the early 1900s, Bridget leaves the turmoil and poverty of Ireland for the promise of work and better opportunity in the United States, where she faces the challenges and discrimination of immigrant life on the road to citizenship.


Living Voices brings life to history

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Who should see this show?

Recommended Age:
4th Grade through adult.

Curriculum Connections

Immigration | World History | US History | Ethnic Studies | Literature | Theatre | Media - Film

Common Core Standards

Literacy in History/Social Studies | Speaking & Listening | Reading


"I am so excited to have the chance to share The New American with my students once again. This wonderful experience is such a highlight for all of us!"
Heather Wiggins, History Teacher
Siuslaw Middle School, Florence, OR

Report: Franklinville, NY  


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