This song is from a movie called “An American Tail” (1986).  The film is about Fievel Mouskewitz and his family as they immigrate from Russia to the United States in search of freedom.  They are a part of the wave of “new” immigration during the Gilded Age.  The scene below takes place on the boat to America.  Watch the clip and consider the following questions.

 

What does this song suggest about the issues affecting “new” immigrants?  How did these issues shape their decision to immigrate?  (Consider that the scene represents multiple nationalities.)