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  • Castle Garden, the Gateway to Ellis Island

    Castle Garden, the Gateway to Ellis Island

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    America’s welcome mat at Ellis Island in New York was for refugees — from hunger, political unrest, or poverty. While before 1890 the states controlled immigration, in 1890 the federal government took control through the Departments of Commerce, Labor, and (in 1940) Justice. Ellis Island wasn’t the only federal immigration center, but it was the…

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Hy Mariampolski
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Postcards with captions, quips, and well-wishes, expressed in the Yiddish language, were mailed to friends and family just to stay connected. However, for the many who cannot read or understand the language they remain unexplained. Hy Mariampolski, a new Postcard History contributor, has deciphered the enigma.

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