Ellis Island

By: grace keltner

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How did your ancestors end up in the US? Many peoples ancestors came through Ellis island into a new world. Ellis island was a gateway to a new world for many people during the 18 and 19 hundreds. Ellis island has had a really big impact on U.S.history.
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Ellis island was built during the late 1800's and early 1900's. the first building was finished in 1892, but burned down just five years later. The second time they built it, they made several more buildings and it opened in 1900. The first building was made of pinewood, making it easily flammible, but the second building was built fireproof.The architects were Edward Lippincott Tilton and William A. Boring.
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Ellis island is very important to u.s. history. It was constructed because the federal immigration building in New York was to small for all the incoming immigrants. The mass immigration during the time affected America in many ways. One way is the increase of citizens made America's population way larger. Many people can trace their ancestors back to someone who came through Ellis island.
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There are many interesting things about Ellis island. It is one-half a mile away from the Statue of Liberty in the New York harbor. Ellis island is an island just off the New York coast with several large buildings on it. Ellis island was the entrance to America for many people during the 18 and 19 hundreds. A lot of people have ancestors that have passed through Ellis island, and into a new world.
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After all it has gone through, Ellis island is a really amazing place. Without Ellis island, the U.S. just would not be the same. Without Ellis island, our population would be nowhere near what it is now. Even though many people who came to the U.S. through ellis island called it the island of tears, it has had a great impact on our history.

References

"Ellis Island." Ellis Island. Web. 20 Nov. 2014. <http://www.nyharborparks.org/visit/elis.html>.

"Ellis Island." History.com. A&E Television Networks. Web. 20 Nov. 2014. <http://www.history.com/topics/ellis-island>.

"Ellis Island." Ellis Island History. Web. 20 Nov. 2014. <http://www.libertyellisfoundation.org/ellis-island-history>.