The experience at Ellis Island

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The experience at Ellis Island

#7 The Stairs of Separation

The Experience at Ellis Island

#1The Arrival

#2 The Baggage Room

#6 Detainees

#4 The Legal Inspection

#3 The Registry Room

#5 The Medical Exam

#8 The Kissing Post

Ellis Island opened its doors to immigrants coming to the United States in January of 1892. Ellis Island is located in New York Harbor near Manhattan. More than 12 million immigrants made their first stop in America at the Ellis Island Immigration Station between 1892 to 1954. More than 40% of Americans can trace their family history back to Ellis Island. First and second class passengers who arrived in New York were not required to undergo the inspection process at Ellis Island. However, third class or "steerage" passengers were required to undergo both legal and medical inspections. The Ellis Island Immigration System closed in 1954. It became a museum in 1965 and is part of the U.S. National Park Service. Take a Virtual Tour of Ellis Island:

"They asked questions. "How much is two and one? How much is two and two?" But the next young girl also from our city, went and they asked her, "How do you wash stairs, from the top or from the bottom?" She say, "I don't go to America to wash stairs." --Pauline Notkoff, a Polish immigrant in 1917, interviewed in 1985

Observation Sheet: PictureScan each picture for details. Write a list of the important details you see.Identify the problem. What problem do you see? Write about it here.Guess the message. Why do you think this photo was taken? What was the person who took it trying to say?Hear what the voices would say. If the people in the picture could speak, what do you think they would say?Talk or write about your observations. Make sure you are ready to talk about this picture.


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