What Was Ellis Island

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What Was Ellis Island


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What Was Ellis Island?By: Patricia DemuthIllustraed By: David Groff


Timeline of Ellis Island


From 1892 to 1954, over twelve million immigrants entered the United States through the portal of Ellis Island, a small island in New York Harbor. Ellis Island is located in the upper bay just off the New Jersey coast, within the shadow of the Statue of Liberty.

The Vulcania was the ship my Gramme and Great-Grandfather were on when they traveled to Ellis Island. My Gramme was passenger #9011867048736.

The 12 million immigrants that traveled to America for a better life. My favorite character was Annie Moore. She was the first immigrant to land on Ellis Island. She was only 15 years old. She traveled with her two brothers, Anthony and Phillip.

Men, women and children left their countries for a better life.Immigrants had many difficulties reaching America. A few examples were passing the physical, mental and legal examinations. If you failed you were sent back to your home country or detained in a pen. After moving to America, immigrants had a hard life. They had to deal with prejudice, living in tenements with 3 or 4 other families, and long working hours (children, too).

1776: Sameul Ellis buys the island.1808: The U.S. government buys Ellis Island.1890: The federal government takes over control of immigration from individual states. The building of the first immigration station begins on Ellis Island. The island doubles in size.1897: A fire completely destroys the island's wood buildings.1900: The present day brick and stone main building opens.1907: In this peak year of immigration, 1,285,349 immigrants pass through Ellis Island.1917: Ellis Island is used to detain enemies during WWI.1921: The Emergency Quota Act limits the number of immigrants to America.1941: Ellis island serves as a detainment center and training grounds during WWII.1954: On November 12, Ellis Island officially closes.1976: Ellis Island is opened for tours, but the island is badly rundown.1990: The Ellis Island Immigration Museum opens in the restored main building.

Reaching Elllis Island was a gateway to a new life in America for many immigrants. Ellis Island was used in WWI and WWII for detaining enemies and training soldiers.Ellis Island is now a museum explaining and celebrating the stories of immigrants traveling to America.


I think Ellis Island is important to American history. As stated in the book, it was the gateway to freedom for many immigrants. If Ellis Island didn't exist, my Gramme would not have immigrated and would not have met my Pop-Pop. Also, my mom would not have been born and would not have married my dad. So, I would not have been born and would not be doing this project.




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