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Ragtime - Part 1, Chapters 3 and 4 Summary & Analysis

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Part 1, Chapters 3 and 4 Summary

As the immigrants land in New York, they are herded into Ellis Island, where the people are categorized, re-named, detained and possibly sent back home if they are old or ill. The frustrations of poverty and illness overtake the newcomers, who struggle just to survive in this country that was supposed to be the answer to their prayers. In spite of the horrific living conditions, though, the sound of piano lessons begins to emerge from the tenements, and the sound of laughter punctuates the noises of grief and rage.

One particular immigrant family is composed of a father, Tateh, a mother, Mameh, and their child, Little Girl, who all work selling in the streets or sewing garments by hand. The family's finances are particularly impacted when the authorities order the Little Girl to school, and she can no longer work. Mameh submits to...

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