The Extraordinary Journey Series
Nothing in today’s American society can compare to the risk-filled experience of immigrating to the United States a hundred years ago; an experience from which a sense of ethnic heritage resonates for millions of Americans. WVIA Public Media has produced The Extraordinary Journey Series, a collection of original documentaries, that turns back the hands of time and draws us into the Europeans’ extraordinary story of immigration to the United States.
These compelling stories are told from the immigrant’s perspective, to create an evocative experiential context for the audience. They render a world far different than the one we live in today, in which you and your family would be forced to leave everything you owned and everyone you loved and everything you knew, to create a new life in a new culture in a new country. Very few ever saw their homeland again.
Many people still don’t know who they are. The Extraordinary Journey Series employs the storytelling and production values that distinguish public television documentary filmmaking to honor the courageous character our ancestors possessed to create a finer life for us today, and provide essential perspective to the contemporary issue of immigration in America.
Chronicles the precarious emigration of over 100,000 Eastern Europeans from 26 different homelands
Lessons from the Era
Numerous developments created a dynamic migration and population shift not seen before or since in our history. The Northeastern industrial corridor, particularly Pennsylvania, ...
Not surprisingly, the social ills that surfaced from rapid urbanization was blamed on the recent influx of immigrants. Often unfairly deemed uncivilized, many immigrants were ju...
Due to the increased nationalistic atmosphere during World War I, the assimilation process for these immigrants was harsh and caused many to denounce their heritage.