From PBS - Visit the abandoned immigrant hospital on Ellis Island. During the great wave of immigration, 22 medical buildings sprawled across two islands adjacent to Ellis Island, the ... See full summary »

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From PBS - Visit the abandoned immigrant hospital on Ellis Island. During the great wave of immigration, 22 medical buildings sprawled across two islands adjacent to Ellis Island, the largest port of entry to the United States. Massive and modern, the hospital was America's first line of defense against contagious, often virulent, disease. In the era before antibiotics, tens of thousands of immigrant patients were separated from family, detained in the hospital and healed from illness before becoming citizens. FORGOTTEN ELLIS ISLAND is a powerful reminder of the best -- and worst -- of America's dealings with its new citizens-to-be. Elliott Gould narrates. Written by Anonymous

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8 June 2008 (USA)  »

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Not exhaustive but a nice general overview.
15 October 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

I enjoyed "Forgotten Ellis Island" and think it would be a great film for anyone who has very limited knowledge about the place and its place in history. For example, if I was still teaching, I would consider showing it to my old American history students. The stories are compelling, the narration (by Elliot Gould) decent and the story is told compactly in a bit under an hour. My only complaint, and I cannot blame the film for this, is that I wanted to hear MUCH more. After all, cramming everything into such a short time slot is really doing Ellis Island a disservice if you are like me--a nut about history. Along this same line, I wanted to hear about the place today--after it became a US park. However, I assume due to time constraints, it was omitted and the story seemed to gloss very quickly over certain time periods--particularly after the 1920s. Still, for a general overview, it was very well made.


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