Immigration

The United States is a country of immigrants, but the issue of immigration has long divided its citizens.

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Is the judge trustworthy? Blythe’s <em>Justice</em>
Is the judge trustworthy? Blythe’s Justice

The dubious justice of the anti-immigrant Know-Nothing Party

The light of democracy — examining the Statue of Liberty
The light of democracy — examining the Statue of Liberty

Two countries honor their love of democracy with a huge statue of a woman! Neither let women vote, though.

Looking down from the upper deck: immigration and class in <em>The Steerage</em>
Looking down from the upper deck: immigration and class in The Steerage

Though this photograph could be seen as a searing social commentary, its maker preferred to view it as fine art.

Prejudice, politics, and the trial of Sacco and Vanzetti
Prejudice, politics, and the trial of Sacco and Vanzetti

Shahn makes an not-so-subtle comparison between Christ and two Italians executed for a crime they didn’t commit.

<em>Strange Worlds</em>, immigrant experience in the early 20th century
Strange Worlds, immigrant experience in the early 20th century

Geller captures the tensions of the Jewish immigrant experience in the early 20th-century United States.