An immigrant arrives in America
During his reign Alexander III implemented a series of reforms intended to undo the policies of his father Alexander II, which he deemed too liberal, and boost the ‘Russification’ of his vast domain. The Tsar felt that an ideal nation would be composed of a single nationality, language, and religion. Subsequently, various laws were enacted that limited the role of Jews in Russian society. Under Alexander III a limited quota of Jewish individuals could attend high school or university, work in a certain trade, and live in certain areas. Jews could not elect or be elected to town Dumas and would face criminal charges for trying to adopt a more Christian sounding name. From 1871 to 1880 between 8,000 and 10,000 Jews left Eastern Europe annually, most from the Russian Empire, in the hopes of finding a better life in the U.S.