Lives of typical immigrants to the U.S., early in the 20th century
United States USA Date:1905 Duration:1 min 51 sec Sound:Yes
Tenements and open-air markets, part of life for many new immigrants, in Manhattan early in the 20th century. Children pose on a fire escape platform. Merchants with pushcarts line the street. Men open a fire hydrant that spews water into the street. Men place cups in the stream. Children wade in the water. Many small children seen on the sidewalk.A boy tries to drink the last few drops from the hydrant, after it is turned off. Boys stand in an alleyway, near garbage cans. A boy at home preparing to wash in a basin. A boy holding a puppy in an unsanitary tenement apartment. View of Italian immigrant family members crowded into a Mulberry Street tenement. In contrast, a group of well-to-do young women are seen outdoors dressed in white, carrying parasols, as they learn social etiquette. A young woman, in a carriage, with a chaperone. Two well-dressed, mature women, conversing. A family, including several children, all engaged in needle work at home, for a pittance in wages. Men and women at sewing machines manufacturing clothes in a crowded "sweat shop.".
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