|Charles Frederic Ulrich, In the Land of Promise, Castle Garden, 1884|
The artist, Charles Frederic Ulrich (American, 1858 – 1908) focuses on a young mother sitting on her trunk of worldly possessions. She nurses her baby as her daughter looks off to the left.
In the background, a man in a bowler hat tends his ailing wife. Cholera and smallpox were common in the crowded, noisy conditions of Castle Garden. In New York City itself, the conditions were not much better.
Among these desperate people arriving in a foreign land, none were braver than the mothers.
Shall I tell you where and when?
On the maps of the world you will find it not;
'Twas fought by the mothers of men."
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