For millions of Americans, Ellis Island is the symbol of introduction, the immigrant depot that processed their ancestors and offered an opening into a new American life.
But for some, it would truly be an 'Island of Tears', a place where they would be excluded from that life.
How did an island with such humble beginnings -- 'Little Oyster Island', barely a sliver of land in the New York harbor -- become so crucial? Who is the 'Ellis' of Ellis Island?
And how did it survive decades of neglect to become one of New York's most famous tourist attractions?
FEATURING our special guest Tanya Bielski-Braham who walks us through her own family immigration experience -- from Poland to America.
THIS SHOW WAS ORIGINALLY RELEASED ON JULY 31, 2009
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