TITLE

Island of Hope, Island of Tears

AUTHOR(S)
Heinrichs, Ann
PUB. DATE
January 2001
SOURCE
Statue of Liberty (0-7565-0100-8);2001, p12
SOURCE TYPE
Book
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Ellis Island, New York State opened as the U.S. immigration center in 1892. Ellis Island was the Island of Hope for many immigrants. They would be free to follow their dreams once they left it. Immigrants climbed a long stairway inside the main building. They often stood in line for hours. Then their examinations began. First came the medical exams. Doctors checked everyone for eye infections, skin infections, heart disease, and a long list of other problems. Next came the "twenty-nine questions." Newcomers who passed all exams were free to enter the U.S. Some were not so lucky, though. Anyone who failed these exams was sent back home on the next ship. That's why some called Ellis Island the Island of Tears. Most people passed these exams.
ACCESSION #
10931658

 

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