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Chart of Money Shown by Immigrants on Admission to the United States, 1905-1909

Immigration officials asked each new immigrant to report how much money they had. The purpose of the question was to determine whether the immigrant had enough money to reach his or her destination. Officials also wanted to deny admission to anyone who might become a “public charge,” a person unable to work who would have to be supported by local governments or public charities. Immigrants who did not have sufficient funds were sent back to their home countries.


Source | American Social History Project/Center for Media and Learning, 2011.
Creator | American Social History Project/Center for Media and Learning
Rights | Copyright American Social History Project/Center for Media and Learning Creative Commons LicenseThis work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.
Item Type | Quantitative Data
Cite This document | American Social History Project/Center for Media and Learning, “Chart of Money Shown by Immigrants on Admission to the United States, 1905-1909,” HERB: Resources for Teachers, accessed May 20, 2019, https://herb.ashp.cuny.edu/items/show/1848.

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