WHAT HAPPENED AT ELLIS ISLAND?
Select your Materials
Sources focus on the experience at Ellis Island as reported by immigrants themselves and observed by others. One secondary source views the experience as confusing but essentially benign for the many who got through; the other stresses ways in which immigrants could be abused during the Ellis Island processing. Concluding exercises have students consider questions such as "Based on the encounter with America at Ellis Island, what might an immigrant conclude about the kind of society America was?"