Melissa Strojek wrote an interesting article that has been published in the Mansfield (Ohio) News Journal that should be required reading for all Americans. She writes (in part):
"Imagine traveling to a foreign country where you spoke very little of the language, had only the clothes on your back, what you could carry (children included), and had all the money you possessed in your pocket (in a lot of cases this was less than $20). The most discouraging part of all may have been traveling in the belly of a large ship in very poor, filthy, smelly conditions."
You can read the full article at http://goo.gl/ttnKQ.
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