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1870: Immigrants Just Arrived at Ellis Island

Immigrants who arrive in a ship’s steerage are sent immediately to Ellis Island. Cabin passengers are examined on the ship and only those not “clearly and beyond a doubt” entitled to land are sent to the island. This photo shows a group of travelers anxiously awaiting the examination which will determine whether they may enter the land of plenty – America.

Artist Credit: Underwood & Underwood. Reprinted with permission.


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