Immigrants at Ellis Island, circa 1900. Photograph: Bettman/Corbis
Mulberry Street 1900 in New York’s 5 Points. Library of Congress photo
The first picture is one of immigrants as they arrive on Ellis Island. They stand on line with there bags waiting to get processed. This picture represents hope. The immigrants left whatever struggles they were comming from in hope of a new, more sucessful life in the US. They come with nothing more than their bags and hope.
The second picture overlooks one of the most dangerous places american history has ever seen. The picture overlooks Mullberry Street, one of the streets in the infamous five points in NYC. That picture represents what became a reality for many immigrants. They traded their domestic sufferings for foreign ones. Their living spaces were overcrowded, their jobs remidial, and their dreams deffered.