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Ellis Island,

island, c.27 acres (10.9 hectares), in Upper New York Bay, SW of Manhattan island. Government-controlled since 1808, it was long the site of an arsenal and a fort, but most famously served (1892–1954) as the chief immigration station of the United States. It is estimated that 40% of all Americans had an ancestor arrive at Ellis Island. Now part of the Statue of Liberty National Monument (see Liberty, Statue ofLiberty, Statue of,
statue on Liberty Island in Upper New York Bay, commanding the entrance to New York City. Liberty Island, c.10 acres (4 hectares), formerly Bedloe's Island (renamed in 1956), was the former site of a quarantine station and harbor fortifications.
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), the island was opened to tourists in 1976. In 1990 an immigration museum was opened, and many records of immigrant arrivals have been computerized and are available there and on line. In 1998 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that, pursuant to an 1834 interstate compact, only the original 3.3 acres (1.3 hectares) belong to New York, the remainder (created by landfill operations) belongs to New Jersey. See also Angel IslandAngel Island,
largest island in San Francisco Bay, W Calif. Explored by the Spanish in 1775, it came under U.S. control in 1851. The U.S. army used the island as a base from 1863 to 1946, and from 1955 to 1962 a radar and missile site was there.
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Ellis Island

immigration center where many families were separated; “isle of tears.” [Am. Hist.: Flexner, 193]
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On normal days, as many as 3,000 people board the ferries to take a close look, said Rafael Abreu, spokesman for the ferry company whose offices are on Ellis Island.
The prospective immigrants had to answer tough questions from Ellis Island officials who held the power to allow them to stay.
Upon receipt of the Certificates of Inspection, the Ellis Island and tug Douglas B.
Caption: LINE UP--The 2017 Iranian-American winners of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor are (left to right): Shaheen Tedjarati, Andy Madadian, Mohammad Farzaneh, Maggie Soleimani, Hossain Eslambolchi, Abbas Ardehali, Azita Raji, Hormoz Ameri and Cumrun Vafa.
Encountering Ellis Island is a great book to use with undergraduate students who often have little understanding of American immigration history during this period and the difficulties that these men and women faced.
Today, Ellis Island can be found in 20 Whole Foods stores throughout the Midwest, including Michigan, Indiana, and Chicago.
Another possibility is for students to write a petition from an immigrant to be admitted through Ellis Island or write a letter of refusal from the point of view of an immigration officer.
Briganti, Foundation president and CEO, commented, "As we work with the National Park Service to rebuild in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, we continue construction of the second phase of The Peopling of America Center, a major expansion of the Ellis Island Immigration Museum which will explore immigration in the post-Ellis Island Era, right up to the present.
On average, most people spent less than five hours on Ellis Island.
Walking up to Ellis Island, our group split into several smaller units and began exploring.
Toward a better life; America's new immigrants in their own words; from Ellis Island to the present.
1954: New York's Ellis Island closes New York's main immigration control centre, Ellis Island, has shut down after 62 years.