What America’s immigrants looked like when they arrived on Ellis Island
Portraits from Ellis Island by Augustus Sherman. - We hear so often that America is "a nation of immigrants" or a "cultural mixing pot" that the phrase has become kind of a tired cliche. But actually seeing that history is a different story. The fascinating photographs below — of people in their native costume passing through Ellis Island in the early 20th century — hint at just how incredible and unique America's history is as a nation of immigrants.