On the Trail of The Immigrant

Edward A. STEINER (1866 - 1956)

How did the immigrants come to America? Who were they? What Where did they come from? In this book, Edward Steiner tells of the experiences of immigrants from Hungry, Poland, Scandanavia, Germany, Italy and many other countries as they leave everything and board a boat to an unknown future. Steiner was born to a well-to-do Jewish-Slovak-Hungarian family in a Carpathian village, and was educated in Vienna and Heidelberg and immigrated to the United States in 1886. His later American experiences are quite incredible, precisely because it seems that he made every effort not to miss any of the steps of the immigration experiences; not only the familiar sweatshop saga of his fellow east European Jews, but also metal works in Pittsburgh; mining with Poles in Pennsylvania; cropping for the Amish; being Jailed for months for having been indirectly involved in a strike; getting trapped on a railway bridge as the train was running against him; being brutally mugged in Chicago; being shoved off a cattle train car in Ohio while on his way to becoming a rabbi in the East Coast; and finally, finding a warm Christian home in a small Mid-Western town with a pastor and his wife. Ultimately, in this environment, and under the continuing inspiration of Tolstoy, he became a Christian and a pastor himself, and ever active for progressive causes. This is an important book in the history of immigration. - Summary by Phil chenevert

Genre(s): Modern (19th C)

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 By Way of Introduction Michele Fry
00:08:16
Play 02 The Beginning of the Trail Michele Fry
00:19:45
Play 03 The Fellowship of the Steerage Michele Fry
00:24:57
Play 04 Land, Ho! Michele Fry
00:22:07
Play 05 At the Gateway Michele Fry
00:18:55
Play 06 “The Man at the Gate” Michele Fry
00:23:01
Play 07 The German in America Michele Fry
00:24:37
Play 08 The Scandinavian Immigrant Michele Fry
00:18:44
Play 09 The Jew in His Old World Home Michele Fry
00:23:09
Play 10 The New Exodus Michele Fry
00:14:29
Play 11 In the Ghettos of New York Michele Fry
00:34:36
Play 12 The Slavs at Home Mark Chulsky
00:34:40
Play 13 The Slavic Invasion Mark Chulsky
00:29:42
Play 14 Drifting with the “Hunkies” Mark Chulsky
00:22:18
Play 15 The Bohemian Immigrant Mark Chulsky
00:24:32
Play 16 Little Hungary Soumen Barua
00:22:51
Play 17 The Italian at Home Michele Fry
00:14:55
Play 18 The Italian in America Michele Fry
00:27:48
Play 19 Where Greek Meets Greek Soumen Barua
00:16:46
Play 20 The New American and the New Problem Soumen Barua
00:29:22
Play 21 The New American and Old Problems Soumen Barua
00:20:06
Play 22 Religion and Politics Denise Nordell
00:15:59
Play 23 Birds of Passage Mike Pelton
00:19:12
Play 24 In the Second Cabin Mike Pelton
00:18:23
Play 25 Au Revoir Michele Fry
00:07:36