Digital Story Title:
One Hundred Years in America
Using the Feldman family and their descendents as a lens, the film will examine the changes that immigrant families experience over several generations. It will start with the reason that the Feldmans—and millions of other Jews—left Eastern Europe between 1880 and 1920 and include the changes each generation thereafter faced, from trying to adjust to a new home, to balancing an immigrant parent and their heritage with being an American, to rejecting tradition in favor of blending in, and then a return to trying to balance the past with the present.
The main goal of this project is to tell the story of a particular immigrant family through the twentieth century and serve as a point of discussion on how this particular story is both unique and similar to the stories of other immigrant families.
Who is your intended audience? (e.g., colleagues, historians, art historians, the general public, high school history students, middle school music students, art students. . . )
The audience for this film is fairly open. Anyone, whether an academic or an amateur, with an interest in immigration and an Americanization during the 20th century will find this to be an interesting case study of one particular family.