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Believing the streets were paved with gold, millions of European immigrants arrived in the United States during the late 1800s. From Italy alone, one hundred thousand came every year at the height of that country’s emigration, 1860-1869. Some were driven from behind—squeezed out by poverty, disease, or persecution—others were drawn forward by what they dreamed lay ahead. America, the land of opportunity, an Elysian field for the huddled masses, was a young country ripe for development. Just through her golden door waited rights and privileges impossible to attain in Europe, where guilds and governments extracted hefty tariffs from tradesmen and artisans. 

The freedoms and opportunities pursued and captured by numerous first-generation immigrants to this country were won at a price higher than the mere cost of transatlantic passage. Many surrendered time-honored traditions and assumed long hours of toil that kept them from families and leisure. Whereas European peasant life had centered around the family, American industrialism typically subtracted the father from the equation. Men frequently labored fourteen to eighteen hours a day to establish a business or trade. They had little time for religious observance, recreation, or regular meals with their families. From this rigid work regimen, however, they realized a piece of the American Dream: many built their fortunes. Riches, material comfort, life’s luxuries became theirs, and the path was cleared for the second generation to expand the dream by achieving assimilation. 

Second generations often discarded “the old ways.” Their rejection of European customs was reinforced by witnessing all that their fathers had forfeited, as well as by the lessons taught in schools to ignore their ancestral heritage and to adopt the conduct of conformity. This amended American Dream promised a triumph of acceptance over alienation; stability over uprootedness; a glittering future over the dimming past. 

Writing Samples

  • Fiction Writing Sample +

    [Excerpt from  Speak Right On—Dred Scott , a novel]

    The slave fort was a stoneblock, medieval structure with turrets and thick wooden gates secured by an iron beam that locked in place. An infernal clamor echoed along its chambers and walls, but the noise wasn't from the hundreds of prisoners—they huddled scared and silent in dungeon chambers. The racket came from the regiments of guards who drilled, caroused drunkenly, shouted orders,

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  • Press Release Sample +

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        Artistas de Santa Fe Gallery
    505 982 1320
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    Naughty Judy!
    Instead of napping, she was coloring on the walls.

    From her earliest memories, Judy Hall Stapes knew she was born to be an artist, to explore things real and unknown, to connect, to grow. Today Stapes lives in this reality. An accomplished, award-winning artist, she has worked in watercolors, inks, acrylics,

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  • Web Content Sample +

    [Written for a Santa Fe real estate/relocation business]

    Whether you are relocating or just visiting, the first thing you'll want to know is that Santa Fe is "the City Different." Why is it different? 

    Because, unlike other cities, Santa Fe doesn't overwhelm—we are friendlier and more intimate, yet we boast all the attractions of a metropolis:

    Art, galleries, museums

    History, culture, architecture

    World-class shopping

    Parks and natural beauty

    Diversity of

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  • Family History/Ghostwriting Sample +

    The fertile earth of the Ukraine, once known as the breadbasket of Europe, was the soil of Sonia Pollin’s motherland. At her birth in 1905, that soil was governed by the imperial rule of Russia, and much more than wheat was growing in the land. Russian military forces had recently surrendered to Japanese infantry, ending Czar Nicholas II’s expansionism into Manchuria and Korea. This humiliating defeat reverberated violently at home,

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  • Company History Sample +

    Believing the streets were paved with gold, millions of European immigrants arrived in the United States during the late 1800s. From Italy alone, one hundred thousand came every year at the height of that country’s emigration, 1860-1869. Some were driven from behind—squeezed out by poverty, disease, or persecution—others were drawn forward by what they dreamed lay ahead. America, the land of opportunity, an Elysian field for the huddled masses, was

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