Today we have studied this image from the story of Jessie being met at the immigration centre by Cousin Kay. We know that the immigration centre was a stressful place for any arrivals. Many people were not allowed into America because of poor health or because the officials didn’t like the look of them. There were lots of queues, tests and questions, and all arrivals lived in fear of being refused a place in the place where “the streets were lined with gold.”
So, how did Jessie feel in this picture? What did she think as she looked at the people around her and met the person with whom she would be living for the first time?
Write your thoughts here.
To help you further, look at the PowerPoint which is below the picture. These are the images from the story that we have looked at during the past 3 weeks. They show the whole of Jessie’s journey, from her modest home with her grandmother, being chosen by the rabbi, saying goodbye to grandmother, the testing journey across the ocean through to the hustle and bustle of the immigration centre. After all of this, how would Jessie feel?
We can’t wait to hear your thoughts!