"She told Elya that he should go to America"
Polish immigrants working on a farm in the USA, 1909
Public DomainPolish immigrants working on a farm in the USA, 1909 - Credit: National Child Labor Committee / Wikimedia Commons

America has a long history of immigrants arriving from all over the world, looking for new opportunities or reuniting with family. Immigrants have been starting over in America since the 1600s, but the 19th century in particular saw many Europeans make the move. America was seen as a land of freedom, opportunity and plenty.