My American story started when…

How did your American story start? Explore stories told by people across America about how their American story started.

My American story started when my father received a Visa lottery ticket enabling him to immigrate from Havana with my mother. They arrived in Lansing in February, 1999, nine months before my birth. Growing up, we lived in a run-down working-class neighborhood and we survived thanks...
My American story started when I left India in 2002 to find a safe & peaceful life for my son & myself. I used to teach US history in a college in New Delhi. In the US, I have served as an administrator in higher education...
My American story started when I was born, which isn't terribly exciting news. ;-) Although I like to think someone was excited, I'm not entirely sure that is accurate. My young, college-aged, newly married parents seemed to have come around though, so all is well.
My American story started when I decided to collect handouts at every New York City occasion I videotaped or went to on my own that had something to do with the aftermath of 9/11. At the time I did event video for Columbia University, the NewYork...