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Three Documents on Immigration Essay

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In the years between 1815 and 1850 Canada was a promise land for many new and young settlers, many of these settlers voyaged to Canada as they were loured by settlement propaganda, however, for some, emigration is not a choice, but a necessity. It is apparent when juxtaposing these three documents that although Canada was labeled the land of hope and new opportunities, these opportunists came at a great expense along with extreme lifestyle changes. This can be shown through the similarities and differences in their initial months in Canada, and in the jobs they undertook.
Canada was thought by many Europeans to be a savior, and a place to start a new life, a place to start fresh and leave all other troubles behind them. Catharine Parr
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Mary Ann Shadd was an African-American woman, an abolitionist, a journalist, a lawyer and a teacher. She was the first woman to do many things, including the first woman to become a newspaper editor, and first woman law student in North America. When the Fugitive Slave Law of 1850 was put into act Shadd and her brother moved to Canada and settled in Canada West.
Canada was Shadds only hope in order to be free. Unlike Susanna Moodie, and Catharine Parr Traill, Shadd did not have harsh experiences in Canada, likewise she found herself accomplishing many things, as well as publishing her own promotional pamphlet for Canada. Seeing as Shadd’s hopes for Canada were what she expected she created her pamphlet in order to share her feelings about her settlement with the ambition of attracting other African-American settlers looking for better lives.
Catharine Parr Traill, and Susanna Moodie had very similar first encounters with Canada, the two sisters were not prepared for what they arrived to and had a harsh time adjusting to their new lives. Moodie and Parr Traill both came to Canada not expecting England, but neither of them hoped for better than what they started out with, this shows that the promise land did not come free of work or free of change, Traill and Moodie could not live like they did in England from the start, they had to sacrifice
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