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Two women searching through a barrel

Poor immigrants searched garbage bins for scraps of clothing or rags. The scraps were sold to junk dealers or kept and reused. The press generally disapproved of "rag-pickers" and particularly harbored prejudices against poor Italians, singling them out as ignorant and dirty. Some Americans also objected to immigrants who did not know English.

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