Right outside new york, we can find Ellis island. From 1892 to 1954 over 20 million immigrants when through Ellis Island in hope to achieve the American dream. Ellis Island was used as a processor for the immigrants in the third class or belove. The inspection process took several hours and did not guarantee that an individual or their family would pass. Immigrants had to go through medical inspections and hours of legal questioning before they were allowed to get American citizenship or a residence permit.
Why were so many people willing to leave everything and everyone they knew, travel on foot and on a boat for several days or weeks to reach America? Almost everyone how went to America to achieve the “American dream”. The American dream was an idea that the government should protect each person’s opportunity to pursue their own idea of happiness. (according to the balance). This is also why America was the land of opportunities.
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
One of the twenty thousand people how went through Ellis Island was Mother Cabrini and she is today looked at as one of the most influential immigrants ever to walk through the doors of Ellis Island. She was born in Italy 15. juli 1850, but on September 24, 1894, she reached to America. she was sent form her birthplace in Italy where she was born 15. juli 1850, to Ellis Island by Pope Leo XIII. Her mission was to help poor Italian immigrants in America. She very much succeeded in her task, establishing orphanages, schools and hospitals in Italian neighbourhoods all across the country. After she died in 1917 she was declared a saint and was later named the patroness of immigrants.
(this is a picture of Mother Cabrini)