Com­ing to Amer­ica

BBC History Magazine - - History Now -

Twenty-four pho­to­graphs by Amer­i­can pho­to­jour­nal­ist Lewis Hine have re­cently been auc­tioned in New York. Many of the im­ages de­pict the lives of Amer­ica’s poor and dis­ad­van­taged, as well as the plight of fam­i­lies who had em­i­grated to the coun­try in search of a new life. This image from 1905, which de­picts an Ital­ian fam­ily in a bag­gage room on El­lis Is­land, was part of a project to doc­u­ment the ex­pe­ri­ence of im­mi­grants who had just en­dured an ex­haust­ing transat­lantic pas­sage.

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