Italian woman immigrant, Ellis Island, New York : Sherman, Augustus F. (Augustus Francis), 1865-1925 -- Photographer
Differing very little from their ancestors, many European immigrants came to the US seeking a better life with a hope of economic relief. The freedom of religion; escape from racial and/or political persecution. Many did not dream that with the hard journey across the world, life in America would be full of extreme hardship. Many of them had to endure low wages, poor work conditions and overcrowded living situations. Yes it was better then there place of origin. Yet if life was too hard many immigrants went back home.
A tenement gleaner, New York City (1900-1937) Hine, Lewis Wickes, 1874-1940 -- Photographer
The two photograph above were taken in the early 1900s. Both picture are similar in the aspect that both women seem as if they are very unhappy. The woman sitting appears to be quite sad. She seems like a well bred woman from Italy. Whom may have came for all that America had to offer. The woman carrying the large bag, by her dingy clothes seems to be working or living in hard conditions. She is an example of what America was offering. I chose these photographs because of the differences and to show that many of the woman that came into the US during that time, had to work to survive, no matter what they believed the America was suppose to be like.
Anonymous Quote: Recollections of 1900’s immigrant
“I came to America because I heard the streets were paved with gold. When I got here, found out three things: First, the streets weren’t paved with gold; second, they weren’t paved at all: and third, I was expected to pave them.”