How did immigrants feel about Ellis Island? Despite the island’s reputation as an “Island of Tears” the vast majority of immigrants were treated courteously and respectfully, free to begin their new lives in America after only a few short hours on Ellis Island. Only two percent of the arriving immigrants were excluded from entry.
Why are immigrants stories important? Finally, Immigrant Stories gives students a unique opportunity to learn about immigrants from their own perspectives and to compare immigrants from different origins, eras, and life experiences.
What were immigrants asked at Ellis Island? What country are you from? (If you’re from the U.S., name the countries your family came from.) Where do you plan to live here in the United States? Who paid for your passage? How tall are you?
Were immigrants photographed at Ellis Island? These historic photographs of immigrants being processed at Ellis Island. The photographs were taken by Augustus Frederick Sherman who worked as a clerk on Ellis Island from 1892 to 1925. He took about 250 interesting photographs of immigrants between 1905 and 1925.