Immigration on the East
Where is Ellis Island Located?
View from the Boat
Ellis Island in the 1800s.
Waiting in Line
Immigrants waiting for inspection at Ellis Island
An image of modern day Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty
Ethnicity of Immigrants Entering Ellis Island
Who Came Here and Why?
Conditions of the Voyage to America
The government inspector checked their documents and questioned these immigrants to figure out wether they met the legal requirements for entering the United States of America. These requirements included proving they have never been convicted of a crime, demonstrating their work ability, and giving evidence of money possesion.
Quality of Life for European-Americans
European immigrants found it challenging to live in their new homeland because few people spoke their language, shared their culture, or practiced their religion. Because of these strong differences, many immigrants of the same ethnicity would form small communities in order to maintain their cultural identity. For example, the North End in Boston is a small community of Italian-Americans.