Ryan H.

  • Delaware

What does America mean to you?

By Ryan H.
Newark, Delaware

In 1930, the KKK burnt a cross on my great-grandmothers yard. She was 13. The KKK intimidated African-Americans, immigrants, Catholics, and Jews. My ancestors fit this description, so they were targeted. They lived in a German-speaking neighborhood in Philadelphia called Brewerytown, which was known for its breweries and German-speaking people. My ancestors came from a region of Eastern Europe known as Galicia (Ukraine) . My great-great-grandparents moved to the United States fleeing extremely poor conditions, settled in Philadelphia, and married in 1914. I was born in 2014. What America means to me is a place that can change.