Further Investigations
Life in America

Write your own poetic welcome to America!
"Update" or revise the poem written by Emma Lazarus to reflect immigration to the United States today.

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words
Click on this photograph to visit a website filled with historical photographs about immigrant life upon settling in New York's Lower East Side. STUDY each photo carefully as each one provides great insight into the immigrants' living conditions. Read the text, as well, to supplement each photo.

After visiting this detailed website, pretend that you are an investigative reporter. You are writing an article for the newspaper about the daily lives of immigrants. You are to report on their living conditions and the details of their everyday lives. Include details from the photographs, as well. You may include one of the photos from the website with your article.

Take a virtual tour and visit two apartments as they appeared in the 1870s and the 1930s. Be sure to zoom in on the intricate details of the apartments. After "visiting" and examining these homes, talk to an immigrant friend or family member. Ask them to describe in vivid detail their first home in this country. Recreate this home by drawing a detailed picture, labeled diagram, map or model of this apartment or home.

From Village to City - Immigrants in Brooklyn

Early Films of New York - This collection contains forty-five films of New York dating from 1898 to 1906 from the Paper Print Collection of the Library of Congress.