About 40 percent of U.S. citizens can trace at least one ancestor back to Ellis Island.
Ellis Island was considered as the United States' busiest immigrant inspection station from 1892 till 1934. During that period, many photographers were drawn to this place driven either by general human interest or because of the newsworthiness of the scene. But this amateur photographer, Augustus Sherman, was not like others. He thought the other way round and captured unique pictures of countless immigrants in his camera when they were attempted to gain entrance into the United States.
These photographs are powerful enough to tell you what exactly a life of immigrant can be. Have a look!
Some immigrants were held on Island for a few days or weeks before getting approval.
The meals were free upon arriving, to each immigrant. Sometimes it was only the ice creams or bananas provided to them.
They both were holding religious tracts with them.
On January 1, 1892, more than 600 immigrants passed through on the very first day of Ellis Island's operation.
80% of immigrants were processed and approved in just some hours.
On April 17, 1907, the highest number of immigrants to reach on Ellis Island in a single day was 11,747.
..but the name got changed when it was recognised that the woman's clothing is actually originated from the west coast of Norway.
Poor passengers were kept on the island for physical inspections and further legal questioning. It was totally opposed in the case of wealthier arrivals
It is reckoned that about 40 percent of U.S. citizens can trace at least one ancestor back to Ellis Island.