2018–2019

1999: An Unaccompanied Memoir

Poetry/Memoir

I migrated to this country in 1999 as an unaccompanied minor. The year before, the story of Elian Gonzalez captured the US media. I'm interested in borrowing front-page headlines (only) from all major US newspapers in which Elian was mentioned. Also, I am interested in mentions regarding El Salvador, Mexico, and immigration (if they appeared at all) during this time. The dates I want to primarily concentrate on are April 1 to June 10, 1999. These are the dates when I was migrated from El Salvador to the United States.

The student will scour newspapers looking for these headlines. Once found, copies of the article would be scanned for me to potentially use in my project. I can't possibly scour all the newspapers, and the student's participation will greatly reduce the amount of time spent doing research. The student will get a hands-on experience at doing primary research and gain context on how immigration was talked about in 1999 as compared to the present day.