Video 1: "Arrival of Immigrants at Ellis Island" Depicts scenes at the Immigration Depot and a nearby dock on Ellis Island. Appears to show, first, a group of immigrants lined up to board a vessel leaving the island, then another group arriving at the island and being directed off of the dock and into the Depot by a uniformed official. Video 2: Emigrants [i.e. immigrants] landing at Ellis Island / Thomas A. Edison, Inc. The film opens with a view of the steam ferryboat "William Myers," laden with passengers, approaching a dock at the Ellis Island Immigration Station. The vessel is docked, the gangway is placed, and the immigrant passengers are seen coming up the gangway and onto the dock, where they cross in front of the camera.
Describe all eight stops in your letter.
Inspectors often spoke three or more languages. They helped those immigrants who could not speak English. At this station were also interpreters who often spoke over six languages each.
After 1917, immigrants who were 16 years old or older had to pass a reading test in the language of their home country.
The inspectors presented them with test cards featuring familiar passages from the Bible, which immigrants would then have to read aloud. Failing the literacy test could mean deportation.
Many immigrants coming to America at this time came from countries where the Bible was commonly read in churches and synagogues as well as schools.
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