Coming to America – Circa 1905

Frank is the history buff, the master storyteller, and the one who cares about his family’s history- every relative for well over a decade. His posts bring history to life. I have learned more about Brooklyn, Italy, the Army, education in the ’60’s, and how things came to be how they are today, by reading Frank’s posts. I am ‘there’, and every relative feels like my family member. I am glued to his posts and stories. I hope you enjoy this one as much as I did.

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My grandfather Francesco at the wedding of his grand daughter – circa 1950.  He was a 33 year old widower in 1905 with 3 young children, no wife to care for them and no future in the new Italy.  He decided to come to America.

 

Francesco needed a wife.

He was a widower. He was sitting in the place in Southern Italy where his family had lived for generations with three children who no longer had a mother. His wife Antonia was dead.

He was also determined to go to America. He knew he had no future here.  Neither did his children.

He had grown up poor in a town (you have to guess which one) where absentee landlords owned everything and everyone else owned nothing. He had no education and could barely read or write Italian. The town was run by the landlords, the “prominenti” (those relatively well off), the priests and…

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About Jennie

I have been teaching preschool for over thirty years. This is my passion. I believe that children have a voice, and that is the catalyst to enhance or even change the learning experience. Emergent curriculum opens young minds. It's the little things that happen in the classroom that are most important and exciting. That's what I write about. I am highlighted in the the new edition of Jim Trelease's bestselling book, "The Read-Aloud Handbook" because of my reading to children. My class has designed quilts that hang as permanent displays at both the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia, and the Fisher House at the Boston VA Hospital.
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31 Responses to Coming to America – Circa 1905

  1. beth says:

    jennie, thanks so much for sharing this. sounds a bit like my own maternal grandfather’s story, though i only know a tiny bit of it. i’m now going to follow this blogger who is new to me –

  2. What a wonderful story, Will head over to his blog to read the whole story. Thanks for sharing, Jennie! Have a nice week! xx Michael

  3. Darlene says:

    This is a wonderful story. These are the folks who built the United States and Canada.Thanks for sharing.

  4. I enjoyed reading the story of Frank’s grandfather. Thank you for passing it along!

  5. Thanks for sharing. Being not far from just off the boat, I’m off to read this.

  6. beetleypete says:

    I follow Frank, so had already read and commented. I love his posts!
    Best wishes, Pete.

  7. Thanks for sharing, Jennie. You’re right that Frank transports you right into the lives of his ancestors. 🙂

  8. sjhigbee says:

    What a wonderful story of courage and endurance. Thank you for sharing it, Jennie:)).

  9. Thanks for sharing, Jennie.

  10. Thanks for sharing, Jennie.

  11. Elizabeth says:

    I have also learned a great deal from reading Frank’s posts. I also have learned how appalling the handling of covid has been in his present home of Florida.

  12. Jim Borden says:

    that was an enjoyable read; thanks for sharing.

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