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Widespread poverty and starvation casted a shadow over Russia during the late 1800s. Many came to the U.S. to find opportunity.
This is Diana. She is 20, and comes from farm life. She is traveling to New York, United States to achieve the benefits of living in the states.
Those who preferred rural living reaped the benefits of the Homestead Act and set up farms across the West.
Her port of entry was in Ellis Island.
Middle class, well-educated Russians also left their homeland, quickly rising through the ranks to become business owners, leading intellectuals, and Hollywood producers.
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