January 23, 2008
Interview #1 Findings
My interview subject is my mother. It was hard for her to
answer some of the questions that were in this interview because
their really is not any one left on her side of the family to
ask. She did know that her mother had come here in 1947 from
Scotland. At the time she was just five years old. She had
come here with her parents, her two siblings, and her aunt,
uncle, and their daughter. This was our entire family at the
time, so no one had been left behind.
They had come to America to have a better life. They were
very poor so they had to save up money for a while so they could
all come here at the same time. They had come to America by
ship so they could not bring a lot of possessions with them. As
my mother recalls their might be a lace table cloth somewhere in
our attic that was brought over with them.
America had given them much better opportunities than
Scotland. My mother’s grandfather had gotten a job as an
electrician in the union in NYC. The schools in the city had
been much better than the schools they have previously been to.
Coming to America had been a very wise move for my family to do.