Journal Entry of a Subordinate Group Member Assignment

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Journal Entry of a Subordinate Group Member AssignmentMay 25, 2008Today I was cleaning out some boxes of old junk from my grandmother's attic. I tripped over abox of old papers. I looked down and one of the letters was from my great great-grandmother, datingback to May 25, 1878. In the letter, it was explained how her grand-parents came to America to help fightfor American Independence after they lost their attempt for independence in Poland at the end of the 18thcentury through the three partitions. They were part of the Polish patriots to come to America to help fightfor American Independence, which included Kazimierz Pułaski and Tadeusz Kościuszko. She told thather grand-parents were going to stay in America, buy some land and keep up their social status until timeto return to Poland when the time was right. They never left because of the complications. They endedup settling in Charleston, South Carolina.

Where they lived and had children until 1775. In 1775, theypacked up and moved to Concord, Massachusetts to join in with the fighting against the British. Hergrandfather was one of the thousands of militiamen that attacked the British as the retreated to Boston.

They attacked them on the roads, inflicting great damage before timely British reinforcements prevented atotal disaster. With the Battles of Lexington and Concord, the war had begun.

All this information in this letter caused me to look deeper into my ancestry to find out more aboutthe people that are Polish Americans and how they came to America. I found that most of the people inthe U.S. that are Polish Americans live in the states of New York, Illinois and Michigan. The largestwave of Polish immigration to America occurred in the early 20th century. Officially, more than 1.5million Polish immigrants were processed at Ellis Island between 1899...