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Touching Images of Unaccompanied Minors—From 100 Years Ago
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Touching Images of Unaccompanied Minors—From 100 Years Ago A look back at the icon of American immigration, Ellis Island

By Photo: Augustus Sherman/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

From the time Ellis Island opened in 1892, to 1954 when it closed, more than 12 million immigrants from all over the globemany of them childrenpassed through its doors. Almost 40 percent of Americans can trace at least one of their ancestors to Ellis Island. As child migration surges along the southwest border, a look back at some of the children that embarked on a long voyage across the ocean in the hope of becoming Americans. 

Italian immigrants
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An Italian family on board a ferry from the docks to Ellis Island, 1905.
Family at a fence
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A woman, a boy, and a girl at a chain link fence.
Girl with penny
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Italian child finds her first penny, 1926.
Swedish Children
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Lapland children, possibly from Sweden, date unknown.
Very young immigrants to Ellis Island
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Very young immigrants to Ellis Island are being taught by a teacher able to speak several languages, circa 1943.
 
Jewish Family
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Jewish family from England posing for the camera, unknown date.
 
Children playing in a wagon
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Children playing in a wagon on a rooftop playground at Ellis Island Immigration Centre, circa 1943.
 
Johanna Dykhof and children
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Johanna Dykhof with her 11 children. The wooden building behind them is a structure known as the Barracks Building that slept approximately 700 people, unknown date.
 
New York Harbor
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An immigrant family looking across New York Harbor at the Statue of Liberty, circa 1930.
 
Woman with Russian baby
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Woman with Russian baby weighing 55 lbs, unknown date.
 
Young immigrant boy
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A photograph of a young immigrant boy holding a box, circa 1880.
 
Belgian stowaway
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Helen Bastedo and 13-year-old Osman Louis, a Belgian stowaway, 1921.
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