by Mrs. Silverman
"Everywhere immigrants have enriched and strengthened the fabric of American life. "

--John F. Kennedy

"Give me your tired, your poor,

Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,

The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.

Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,

I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

Welcome. You have come through the door to begin a new life in America. It has been a difficult journey. Your life in the United States will be different from the life you left behind. As an immigrant, you came to the United States of America for a reason. It could have been to escape persecution, to improve your life, or to live in freedom.

You will have experienced the journey to the New World, America, and have walked through the doors of Ellis Island.

OVERVIEW: Begin your journey here with a definition of immigration and a general overview on the topic. Be sure to scroll down to Immigration to the United States and read about the great wave of immigration beginning in the mid-1800's.

The Task
Between 1860 and 1900 Ellis Island became the beginning for many people from Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, and Poland. You may have come to America from a different country, perhaps one that your relatives came from or one that you are interested in learning more about. You have already formulated the specifics about your individual identity. You are ready for the "journey' of immigration and the new life that lies before you.

As an immigrant to the new land of America, you will create your own immigration scrapbook detailing your identity, your reasons for leaving your homeland, your journey to America, your Ellis island (or other gateway) experience and thoughts about your future in your new home.


Obtain Identity
The Journey
Port of Entry
Further Investigation