Margaret Skapes (Arhondula Skapetorahis)
Margaret was born in 1892 in Doumenia, Greece. She came to this country
seeking the freedoms and opportunities that she believed American women
possessed and to escape an arranged marriage. Her educational background
consisted of three years of junior high/high school, but upon her arrival
in New York in 1917, she learned to write the English language. When she
finally did marry and bore three children, she continued her education
through their textbooks, homework and materials from the public library.
She delighted in her work as a suffragist and became a citizen early on
so that she could utilize her precious right to vote. Margaret died 1968
in Cleveland, Ohio.
More about Margaret Skapes
- Ask people in your family about your last name. See how far back you
can trace it.
- What nationality or nationalities are in your family? Ask you mother
and her family, then ask your father and his family. Make a family map
consisting of all the countries that your ancestors have come from.
- Think of reasons that people would leave their birth country and decide
to move to another country. What would make you leave your country?
- Pretend that you are an immigrant and that you are writing the story
of your life. Include:
- What was life like in your birth country?
- Why did you decide to leave?
- Where did you go and why?
- What was it like to go to a country where you could not speak the language?
How would you communicate? How would you get a place to live, food and
- Do you think your immigration adventure would be exciting, scary, sad,
happy or lonely?
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