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        Immigration: Challenges for New Americans

        Photographs, maps detailing immigration patterns, official documents, song sheets and streaming audio recount the immigrant experience in America, their reasons for leaving their homelands, and the reactions of established Americans.

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        Immigration Figures for 1903

        Published by the Immigration Restriction League, this document indicates the number of people coming to the United States from various locations around the world.

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        Don't Bite the Hand That's Feeding You (Musical Score)

        Composed by Jimmie Morgan and Thomas Hoier, this song encourages immigrants to either support the United States or leave.

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        Dont Bite the Hand That's Feeding You

        Composed by Jimmie Morgan and Thomas Hoier, this song encourages immigrants to either support the United States or leave.

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        The Total Population and its Elements at Each Census 1790-1890

        This page is from the 1890 Statistical Abstract of the United States documenting the racial make-up of the United States from 1790-1890. It also includes racial background by state.

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        Distribution of Foreign Born Population of United States 1890

        This primary source shows where immigrants to the United States had settled as of 1890.

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        The Chinese Invasion

        This composite is of nine cartoons, each separately captioned, on Chinese immigrants in the United States, including New York City and San Francisco.

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        California Vigilante Committee

        This document shows the approval of a person who was to be executed by one of the vigilante committees in California a safe passage away from California. It also indicates that if the person returns he will be killed.

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        Statistical Atlas of the United States 1890 Census

        This atlas provides information on the population of the United States including population distribution, number of foreign born citizens and the occupations of those living in the United States.

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        Emmigrant Map to North America

        This map documents where immigrants from Europe settled in the United States and is written in German.

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        1858 Global Emmigration Map

        This map documents immigration patterns to North America.

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        Goodbye to Old Ireland!

        This primary source shows passengers on tender at Queenstown, going out to an ocean-liner.

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        Steerage Passengers Taking Life Easy on an Ocean Liner

        This primary source depicts immigrants on the open deck of an ocean liner with a bridge in background, 3 funnels in the center and immigrants walking and seated.

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        Ellis Island

        This primary source shows a view of Ellis Island, New York, from the perspective of looking across water toward immigration station.

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        Our Immigrants at Ellis Island

        This pamphlet documents the typical experience of those arriving at Ellis Island.

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        Immigration Station Angel Island California

        This panoramic photograph depicts the immigration station for those coming into San Francisco from Australia and the Far East.

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        U.S. Inspectors Examining Eyes of Immigrants Ellis Island New York Harbor

        This primary source depicts U.S. inspectors examining eyes of immigrants in Ellis Island in the New York Harbor.

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        For United America YWCA Division for Foreign Born Women

        This poster shows a female figure holding large standards bearing many shields emblazoned with national flags. It was possibly part of an Americanization theme.

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        Free Classes in English!

        This poster advertises, "Free classes in English! Learn to speak, read, & write the language of your children. [...] Special classes for educated foreign born."

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        Steamer Glass in Hancock School Boston Massachusetts

        This primary source depicts immigrant students at the Hancock school in Boston, Massachusetts.

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