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That was one of the MANY personal narratives included in this FANTASTIC documentary that brought tears to my eyes. The stories of how immigrants reacted when they first came to this country and saw "Lady Liberty" is very well told and will leave you with a new appreciation of the great blessing of being born in this free and prosperous land.
I've watched this four-volume documentary two times and will probably watch it a third time. The stories are all so inspiring and so amazing and so emotional! Prior to viewing this, I did not have an understanding of what price our grandparents and great grandparents paid to get to this country.
I can't recommend this video highly enough. My daughter watched it in school and she loved it, too.
Of all the documentaries I've watched, I'd give this a 5 stars PLUS. I'd say it's one of the best I've ever seen. It will leave you changed. I can't even look at a flag now, without thinking about those precious, faith-filled immigrants and getting a tear in my eye. "Ellis Island" is *that* kind of video.
There is the story of Castle Garden which was built to process immigrants before Ellis Island; and we see how the first buildings on Ellis Island were ruined by fire only a few short years after they opened. There is the story of how a half a million dollars was spent on a new set of buildings constructed of fireproof materials; and the footage of joyous newcomers sailing into the harbor as they first laid eyes on America with its Statue of Liberty is impressive and moving at once.
There are many, many stories of how people were processed over the years until the facility was closed in late 1954; some of the tales are thrilling but others quite heartbreaking. For example, families could be separated if one or two members were rejected because it was thought they might be too ill to enter--thus, some members of the family could enter and others were forced to return home, perhaps never to see their loved ones again. Still others committed suicide by jumping into the water rather than return to a life of misery in their native countries.
Yet for all the incredibly sad tales, we see just how hard the staff worked on Ellis Island to process and accept as many immigrants as possible. Kitchen employees cooked ethnic meals; and social workers and interpreters worked with immigrants to help them.Read more ›
This movie tells their story.
The requirements to be accepted in America were not easy.
If you failed,THEY SENT YOU BACK . HOW DEVASTING CAN THAT BE TO A FAMILY.
I was very humbled to watch the courage and price they paid to be Americans.
A must-see for every American.
My grandfather emigrated to this country around the turn of the century, This is so well done that I can almost put myself in his place and imagine what he must have experienced both on the way over here and once he reached Ellis Island.
It's so very well done, and the old photographs are priceless in conveying the experiences of the immigrants. It's a very emotional journey; if you had family members come through Ellis Island this is definitely a must see!
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Bought it as a gift for my husband without having seen it. I was expecting something different. I was a little disappointed with so many still photos in a videoPublished 5 days ago by Sue
although my copy is a bootleg. I found the documentary amazing.Published 12 months ago by Jeanne Croghan