Romolo Sciotti

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Between 1980 and 1983 Robert Gordon interviewed and photographed 50 Detroit area immigrants who came to the United States prior to the outbreak of World War I in 1914. What had been a steady influx of immigrants throughout the 19th century exploded in the period immediately prior to the outbreak of the First World War in 1914. From 1901 to 1910, a total of 8.8 million people immigrated to the United States. In the following decade, despite the First World War, another 5.8 million came to our shores. When Dr. Gordon ( was working on this project in the early 1980s, he was aware that the world these immigrants left when they came to the United States was gone. Thirty years later the world they came to and the world they made are also gone. Now, these immigrants themselves are gone.


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