2: An image of some of the first immigrants to Moisés Ville in 1889 and an image of a Jewish grandmother at Ellis Island in 1904.
These two images, one from the Aaron Goldman Museum in Moisés Ville and one from the collection of the New York Public Library, are iconic in their representation of new Jewish immigrants to South and North America, respectively.
Suggested Activity: Have your students do a close reading of each photograph. Ask them to describe as many details as they can—the clothes, the faces, the postures, the settings. Ask them: what does each picture make you wonder or imagine about these immigrants? What about the two photos is similar? What is different? What may have been similar or different about their immigration experiences to Moisés Ville and New York, respectively?
You can also ask students to bring in pictures (from their own families or from books) of newly arrived immigrants and to talk about the significance of these portraits.
Sources: The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Photography Collection, The New York Public Library. "Jewish grandmother, Ellis Island" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed March 27, 2017.
Museo Histórico Comunal y de la Colonización Judía, Moisés Ville, Argentina.