Research Paper On Ellis Island

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Burk Edwards Mr. Kriner Us History 19 October 2017 Ellis Island Intro Located in the upper New York Bay was the border or gateway for immigrants to come to the United States, in total over 12 million immigrants used Ellis island to get to the United States. Ellis Island was used as a inspection center for immigrants for over 60 years. The process they used to get immigrants into the United States was asking basic questions like money on them, name and occupation. There was also a medical procedure to get by Ellis Island, Ellis Island closed its immigration process in 1954. Early History In the early history of Ellis Island, much of the upper New York Bay, which consisted of oyster banks,…show more content…
The Oyster beds on the islands lasted for almost 3 centuries, but nevertheless the railyard company Lehigh Valley Railroad and The Central Railroad of New Jersey destroyed the oyster beds. In the 1770s Samuel Ellis became the private owner of Ellis Island, but not too much later in 1794, the state of New York leased Ellis island, during the time 1794-1890, there was not much going on in Ellis island, but it still played a role in the United States military as a federal arsenal and other military stations. As the war ended Ellis Island stayed a military post for 80 years before it would be picked by the United States to be a federal immigration station. Forming the island Before Ellis Island’s immigration station opened, the immigrants trying to get into the United states had to go through the New York State officials at the Castle Garden station for…show more content…
The medical inspection took place in the Great hall on Ellis Island, in the great hall, they would give brief physicals, for basic physical alignments. By 1916 it was said that the doctors on ellis island could tell if an immigrant had basic diseases just by looking at them. The immigrants were also giving a 29 question test, which included their name, amount of money with them and their job or occupation. It was very important for the United states to know their money count because they needed to know if they could support themselves and not have arise in the homeless population, so immigrants were required to have anywhere from 18 and 25 dollars. If an immigrant had a visible health issue, they would be put in the medical center on ellis island, they would either die, get better, or get sent back to their home country from there. Ellis Island got the nickname heartbreak island from those who got sent back to their home country, which was only 2% of immigrants who attempted to get through Ellis
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