puritan, native american, puck

An 1898 cover of Puck magazine (on display at Ellis Island), shows a Native American man in a war bonnet holding up and gesturing to a rolled document that reads “An act to prevent the country from being overrun by foreigners.” A blonde English white man in Puritan dress cowers on his knees with hands clasped, fearfully looking upward. A tag reading “A.D. 1620” hangs out of his pocket referring to the establishment of Plymouth Colony in present-day Massachusetts. The illustration’s caption reads, “Where would WE [bolded and underscored] be?…”

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