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"Climbing Into America"

Lewis Hine snapped this photograph of immigrants "climbing into America" after arriving at Ellis Island in 1908. At this time most of the immigrants arriving in New York came from Eastern and Southern Europe, a fact suggested by these arrivals' clothing and prominent moustachios.

Climbing Into America
Source | Lewis W. Hine, "Climbing into America," black and white photograph, 1908; in Walter Rosenblum et al., America & Lewis W. Hine: Photographs 1904-1940 (New York: The Brooklyn Museum and Aperture, 1977).
Creator | Lewis W. Hine
Item Type | Photograph
Cite This document | Lewis W. Hine, “"Climbing Into America",” SHEC: Resources for Teachers, accessed December 6, 2023,

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