Learning Adventures in Citizenship
Episode 4Topic 2

Between the 1892 and the 1924, some 16 million immigrants passed through the Ellis Island immigration station on their way to a new life in the United States. Many of these immigrants came as families, but millions entered by themselves. In either case, it could be a terrifying experience. Immigration officials were always on the look-out for the sick, the mentally retarded, the politically radical, and the criminal. In the end, only two or three out of 100 immigrants were turned back. But during long hours in the waiting rooms, immigrants had a lot of time to worry.

For more on Ellis Island, visit www.ellisisland.org

Go!Have you ever wondered what it was like for immigrants who come to this country 100 years ago? Have you ever wondered what it was like for immigrants today? In this activity, you will have the chance to learn about the experiences of immigrants--then and now.