A Place We Can All Call Home

By Benjamin Butz-Weidner In the late 1800s my great-great grandparents emigrated from Germany to the United States. They settled in West Virginia and middle Pennsylvania, eventually finding permanence in North Philadelphia, which until the 1950s was by an unspoken law divided into ethnic enclaves. My grandmother, describing to me the Philadelphia of her childhood on a restaurant napkin, [...]

A Message to the Daughters of Immigrants

by Rosemary Santos Dear Sister, When you wake, Day after day, And you find yourself weary, Remember that the loads you carry Are not just your own, But of those that came before you. You carry the weight of your history. The visceral knowing That you were taken from, That you were taken, That you [...]