Why did they come?

When did they come?

Characters: Then & Now

Teacher's GuideResources

Destination America: The book

They have come from all over the world. Their faces have changed, but not their reasons: flight from poverty, persecution, war. Drawn by the shimmering promise of America, immigrants have come since America's beginning, for a better life, for their own survival.


The Earth is the Lord's

Anabaptists in America

Emigration of Hasidic Jews

Breaking Free

Rodi Flees Spousal Abuse

Two Sisters in Exile


Quiz Where did the term melting pot originate?Submit your stories

Sources: Ellis Island-Bettmann/CORBIS, Mormons-Bettmann/Corbis, Ship-Bettmann/CORBIS, Thomas Mann-AP Wideworld, Book & Series: Destination America

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