Looking Back at 400 Years of Immigration in NYC

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Immigrant children, Ellis Island, New York, in 1908.

Historian Tyler Anbinder looks at how New York, a city that’s currently home to 3 million foreign-born residents, has defined immigration for centuries in his book, City of Dreams: The 400-Year Epic History of Immigrant New York. He tells the stories of immigrants throughout the years, from Alexander Hamilton, who was born in the Caribbean and passed through New York on his way to becoming a Founding Father, to Dominican-born designer Oscar de la Renta, and shares more stories of the people who have defined the city.