Date of Award
School of Journalism and Mass Communications
Director of Thesis
Dr. David Moscowitz
Dr. Shannon Bowen
This thesis explores the process and experience of Lithuanian, Irish, and Polish immigrants during the late 1800s and early 1900s, as well as the role of media, specifically newspapers and books, in creating the representation and portrayal of these immigrant groups. These different ethnic groups left Europe for a variety of reasons, mainly economic and political, and sought a better life in the United States. Upon arrival, each group struggled with the Americanization process, learning English, building connections, and forming a new society. Although some immigrant groups formed stronger networks and communities upon arrival, each group faced poverty and discrimination. The media was used to not only showcase anti-immigrant sentiments and public opinion about immigration restrictions but also by these immigrant groups themselves to build a more positive public image and grow support for their own causes.
Silkaitis, Annelise, "A Comparative Analysis of Political Climates in Lithuania, Poland, and Ireland in the Early 1900s Related to US Immigration and Media Culture" (2021). Senior Theses. 453.
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