Issue X: Immigration

The theme of Issue X will focus on Immigration.  Many of us, if not all,  emigrated from elsewhere to the United States, whether our ancestors came with the first settlers, or our families came later to escape famines, wars, pogroms, or to seek their fortune or a more promising life in the new country of “America.”  Some of us have stayed, some may be passing through and returning to their country of origin, but most of us share a history of coming from other countries and making a new life among the many others that constitute the cultural wealth of this  country historically and today.  What is your story of immigration?  Where do you come from? And how have you and/or your family forged a new, “American” life and identity?

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