From 1892 to 1924, Ellis Island was America's largest and most active immigration station, where over 12 million immigrants were processed. On average, the inspection process took approximately 3-7 hours. For the vast majority of immigrants, Ellis Island truly was an "Island of Hope" - the first stop on their way to new opportunities and experiences in America. For the rest, it became the "Island of Tears" - a place where families were separated and individuals were denied entry into this country.
Famous Ellis Island Immigrants
Among the 12 million+ immigrants who passed through Ellis Island, a handful achieved lasting fame, and sometimes infamy, after their arrival in America.
You may be surprised who you meet here!
On a typical day at the Ellis Island Immigration Station, immigrants came face to face with inspectors, interpreters, nurses, doctors, social workers, and many others. As a large federal facility employing approximately five hundred employees at a time, Ellis Island was a well-organized workforce.
The complex work of processing thousands of immigrants a year required a full complement of staff. Some names are known; others remain anonymous, but all of them contributed to the primary function of the Immigration Station on Ellis Island to make sure that newcomers to the United States were legally and medically fit to enter the country.
CONTENT By CHAPTER:
1. Text - Immigration And U.S. History
2. Text - Immigration: 1891-1924
3. Text - Populating a Nation: A History of Immigration and Naturalization
4. Text - Ellis Island: History & Culture
5. Ellis Island Architectural Drawings
6. Photographs Of Ellis Island
7. Text - Civics (History and Government) Questions for the Naturalization Test
8. Learn About the United States: Quick Civics Lessons
9. The Citizen’s Almanac
10. Civics Flash Cards for the Naturalization Test
11. Text - Welcome to the United States - A Guide for New Immigrants
12. Text - Questions and answers about how to get legitimate immigration help — and from whom
13. Text - A Broken Immigration System: Two Vital Remedies Before Policy Reform (2012)
14. Video - The USCIS Naturalization Interview and Test
15. Video - A Promise Of Freedom (2007)
16. Film - Island of Hope - Island of Tears (1989)
17. Film - Who Are the People of America? (1953)
18. Film - Immigration (1946)