14 April, 2010

Monument to the Immigrant


America is a country built from immigrants, and the "Monument to the Immigrant” in New Orleans immortalizes this fact. I know a bit about my history, my ancestors on my fathers side immigrated from England before the American Revolution, my mothers side is a bit more complicated and murky, with native American influences and nationalities that I am uncertain of. Throughout my day I see faces, few of which are native to the North American Continent, and I wonder what tribulations brought their ancestors here, and I wonder the same about mine. What decisions that long ago caused them to want to cross an ocean to a land that was new. Was it the opportunity for a new life, or escaping from some injustice…. I wonder if they found what they were looking for, or if it left them homesick. Either way they were brave people, and need to be remembered.

6 comments:

Jacob said...

A poignant and important post considering all the anti-immigrant sentiment today. Of course, if people knew American history, they would realize that "new" immigrants were always unwanted and threatened. I keep hoping that we've evolved beyond some of our past habits, but I'm coming to realize that is just wishful thinking!

Jo said...

I love your posts, Grant. It teaches me so much about your country. I've previously only been exposed to films about the US until blogging came along and I've met "real" people in their countries. Thanks for visiting my blog even while I was not so active in returning to visit others. (PS) I hope my comment doesn't apprear six times. I've had to re-enter the word varification as many times! Apologies if it does...

Kiki said...

Beautiful Grant!Very meaningful..all my family..my parents ..grandparents you name it , all came from far away from Italy..they were very brave and created a beautiful life for all of us..despite many a struggles in a new world..we are super blessed they had such courage! This touched my heart!Beautiful photo!
Kiki~

Mel said...

We're a young country, all things given. And it's amazing the cultures that blended so well to create it....

Dedene said...

Here, here! Where would the US be without it's immigrants? Have you ever thought about doing more research on your family tree?

Fotobloggen 2010 said...

a goodlooking monument captured in a great angle by you. I have relatives who emigrated to the US in the 1920's
I saw that you are a follower of my blog so that's why I pay you a visit looking around and I will certainly be back since i like the storys you give in every post. I notice on your map that Sweden i snot on you been-list and I hope it will be some day :-)

Christina

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