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This Photo of U.S. Immigration Isn’t What You Think

Season 1 Episode 5 | 11m 06s

Alfred Stieglitz’s iconic photograph “The Steerage” is often used to illustrate the American immigrant experience. Through conversations with curators and historians, host Vincent Brown discovers that there is much more to the image than meets the eye and invites viewers to reconsider common assumptions about immigration to the U.S. in the early 20th century.

Aired: 10/02/22
This Photo of U.S. Immigration Isn’t What You Think
Major funding for THE BIGGER PICTURE was provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Additional funding was provided by the Anderson Family Charitable Fund, the Tamara L. Harris Foundation, the William Talbott Hillman Foundation, the Phillip and Edith Leonian Foundation, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Additional funding for the digital production of THE BIGGER PICTURE was provided by Chasing the Dream – a public media initiative from The WNET Group, reporting on poverty, opportunity, and justice in America, and supported by The JPB Foundation, The Peter G. Peterson and Joan Ganz Cooney Fund, and Sue and Edgar Wachenheim, III.
Extras
This iconic photo by Gordon Parks was once considered too controversial to be published.
How an FBI Wanted poster turned Angela Davis into a symbol of Black Power and liberation.
Unravel the mystery behind an iconic photograph of Blackfeet tribe leader Mountain Chief.
The story behind “Raising the Flag at Ground Zero,” an iconic photo taken on September 11.
Find out how “Blue Marble,” NASA’s iconic photo of a fully illuminated Earth, was taken.
What can a portrait of Abraham Lincoln tell us about the spectacle of politics today?
Explore American history through iconic photos that have defined our national identity.
This iconic photo by Gordon Parks was once considered too controversial to be published.
How an FBI Wanted poster turned Angela Davis into a symbol of Black Power and liberation.
Unravel the mystery behind an iconic photograph of Blackfeet tribe leader Mountain Chief.
The story behind “Raising the Flag at Ground Zero,” an iconic photo taken on September 11.
Find out how “Blue Marble,” NASA’s iconic photo of a fully illuminated Earth, was taken.
What can a portrait of Abraham Lincoln tell us about the spectacle of politics today?