Article Title

Ellis Island Immigrants


Acacia Haws


Dependable, Intermediate, ellis island, immigration, United States history

Document Type

Book Review


This history begins with the commission of William Williams to oversee the regulation of immigration through Ellis Island. The origins of the island and the early processes for admitting new arrivals are detailed as well. There are chapters devoted to the sea voyage of European immigrants and the difficulties they faced upon arrival, including social injustices and the potential to be detained or deported. The book follows William Williams' career as he worked to end corrupt practices in the process and regulate it according to the law. The book includes information recorded by Williams about the other workers on Ellis Island who helped him organize the flow of immigrants.