Aliens Awaiting Admission to Ellis Island, 1900s
Excerpt from "Doorway to America" by Lee Dennis, Historic Preservation, Vol. 30, no. 2, April - June 1978, p.12
"Back in the 17th century a mere spit of land off the tip of Manhattan, in what is now upper New York City Bay, hardly seemed destined to channel an estimaged two-thirds of the United States population through its portals. Ellis Island, weatherbeaten and desolate, its role in the nation's development all but forgotten, stands almost within the shadow of the Statue of Liberty."
Image source: Circulating collection, Immigration, Ellis Island.
Image origin: Historic Preservation, Vol. 30, no. 2, April - June 1978, p.16