All these beautiful individuals passed through Ellis Island and went on to build America through their hopes and dreams. All of us in the US are descended from immigrants; let’s not forget that we have them to thank for planting the seeds of the harvest we enjoy today.
We often forget that each one of the immigrants who entered this country between 1892 and 1954 was a unique person with their own cultural identity.
These people came to the United States filled with the hope of a better life, and the mingling of their cultures eventually wove the fabric of American identity.
But it’s easy to quantify these people into lists of numbers, names, and nations. It’s far more difficult, however, to reach back into the past and reveal the faces behind those facts and figures.
This is the image that we associate with Ellis Island today.
But the images that Sherman captured over the course of his career show the true faces of immigration.
From 1892 to 1954, Ellis Island saw…
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