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Prompts: One of the many fields of historical endeavor is research in immigration history. You need to be part of this larger ongoing process of inquiry. So for this assignment, you should identify and interview and immigrant to the United States and then write an interview paper based on what you have discovered and learned. This paper should be five-to-ten pages in length doubled-spaced (half that length, if single-spaced). Among other issues, the interview and the paper should deal with conditions in the “old country,” why that person wanted to come here or had to come here, how they came, and what problems they face or faced in assimilation and acculturation. In your paper, you should compare and contrast this individual’s experience with the New Immigration of the late 19th and early 20th century and with recent immigration streams. Your immigrant can come from anywhere in the world, and what you find is what you find, whether or not your immigrant’s experience conforms to the generalizations. There is no right answer.
At the end of this, separately write a 1-2 paragraph synopsis of your interview paper. Tell us who you interviewed, where he/she came from, the reasons they came, the problems they faced, and the reception they received once they got here. How is their assimilation going along? To what degree does the experience of the individual you interviewed reflect the myths and realities of the American immigration experiences across the years? Please respond to the postings of one or more individuals in the class.