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Thinking back everyone has migrated to one place or another at a certain point People have not been stationary throughout history though some have simply been in an area longer than others In My Antonia by Willa Cather Antonia Shimerda and her family had come to the Great Plains of Nebraska from Bohemia but Jim and his grandparents were some of the few that did not migrate from a foreign country having settled their homestead earlier Most people living there at the time being the late 1800s were similar to the Shimerdas being recent to the area from places great distances away They were new to farm life and it consumed the time and efforts of every member in the family leaving time for little else At the other end of the spectrum lies Jims family being easily successful and prospered He had the opportunity to receive a good education Jims family was not typical of the time period because their lack of debt allowed generosity and since he had the luxury of going to a university not being subjected to farm life for all his years Jims familys situation unlike others was one that allowed extra kindness and an ability to go out of their way for those in need They especially gave assistance to immigrants For example when the Shimerdas were having trouble providing enough food for themselves with Mrs Shimerda going crazy as a result Jims grandmother packed a basket of food and not admitting their stark needJake arrived with the hamper as if in direct answer to Mrs Shimerdas reproachesCather 49 When the Shimerdas were in trouble Jims family came to their rescue They had enough food to bring extras to the Shimerdas who had none Jims family was well off compared to those around them Historically settlers especially farming families were poor and could barely feed themselves let alone others It was a tough job and many farmers were trapped
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