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Rare Photos Of Immigrants Reveal What It Means To Be An American

Everyone has something unique to them and we must always appeciate this fact. 
United States of America is a country full of immigrants who came around 1892 between 1954, hoping for better things to happen to them. All these different groups together, form the American identity today. 

Augustus Sherman who worked as an immigrant intake clerk for 25 years, decided to track down history and pay homage to the elders. 
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Rare Photos Of Immigrants Reveal What It Means To Be An American

Rare Photos Of Immigrants Reveal What It Means To Be An American

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Today

Today

This is what Ellis Islands look like today. You can see the Immigrant Wall of Honor attached around the place which is full of names of the immigrants.

Reality of immigration

Reality of immigration

Sherman was determined to show the reality of the faces of immigration. He has worked hard over the course of his work to gather this information and tell about it to the world.

Diversity

Diversity

People usually think so, but it is not at all possible that everyone who came as an immigrant was same. They are all different in many ways.

Loss of diversity

Loss of diversity

When we confine things to textbooks, we lose touch with the kind of diversity that every group brought in with them.

What is common?

What is common?

The only thing they had in common was the fact that they were immigrants. The way we study them now, we only know very little about them. A huge sea of reality needs to be explored.

Final glimpses

Final glimpses

The photographer captured the final glimpses of these people before they started living in America. Everything about them was going to change after this.

Not all smiles

Not all smiles

This picture not show smiles and happiness only. It shows pain, sadness, loss and everything an immigrant would understand better.

A new identity

A new identity

These people had to adopt new identities, leaving whatever they had, just so they could fit into the society.

A map

A map

If you wish to trace lines between the immigrants who arrived and the Ellis isalnds, you can draw a whole map with the links. These lines would be proof enough for the fact that there is diversity.

Better lives

Better lives

America was and is the beacon of hope for these people, who came here looking for opportunities to live a better life. Hope they have great lives.

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