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Landing at Ellis Island, 1902

[Detail] Landing at Ellis Island, 1902

On the Scene

You have been called to investigate what's happening on this street. As a historical detective, you know that you have been transported in time. You must find out where and when in America's past you have been sent. What clues in the photograph will help you solve the mystery? The investigator’s checklist below will help you record your observations.

Picture of a New York street scene

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Record your observations in your notebook. Begin by studying the whole scene.

What do you see?
How would you describe the setting?

Next, study the people, one by one.

How are they dressed?
What are they doing?
What relationships do you see among the people pictured?

Go ahead to find more clues.