1880 – 1930
By the 1880’s, vapor power had reduced the journey to America dramatically. Immigrants poured in from about the globe: through the center East, the Mediterranean, Southern and Eastern Europe, and down from Canada.
The entranceway ended up being wide open for Europeans. Into the 1880s alone, 9% of this total populace of Norway emigrated to America. After 1892, almost all immigrants arrived in through the newly exposed Ellis Island.
One immigrant recalled coming to Ellis Island: “The motorboat anchored at mid-bay after which they tendered us regarding the ship to Ellis Island…We got from the boat…you got your case in your hand and went straight into the building. Ah, that time will need to have been about five to six thousand people. Jammed, i recall it had been August. Hot being a pistol, and I also’m using my long johns, and my hefty Irish tweed suit.”
Families usually immigrated together in this age, although teenage boys usually came first to locate work. Read more