From Lithuania to the Chicago Stockyards
Antanas Kaztauskis dictated this story of his immigration from Lithuania to the Americas to Ernest Poole, a reporter for the Independent. In order to pursue a better life and escape the possibility of conscription1 into the Russian army, Kaztauskis left his homeland to work in the Chicago Stockyards. In stark contrast to the humbler origins from whence he came, the Chicago Stockyards embodied ideals of hard work, competition and sacrifice against the backdrop of intense labor conflict. As you read, think about how America has changed over the past hundred years in regards to labor and immigration. Is it still the place of opportunity it once was?