Ellis Island Research Paper

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Ellis Island is best known for being the gateway for millions of immigrants coming into the United States. It first opened on January 1, 1892 and was running for over 60 years until it closed 1954. Ellis Island was, for a long period of time, considered to be a part of New York. It wasn’t until 1998 that the United States Supreme Court’s decision found that most of the island is in New Jersey. This may be due to the fact that the island was greatly expanded between 1892 and 1934. In 1976, a portion of Ellis Island became open to the public. The north side was open for visiting while the south side was closed to the general public. This is due to the fact that Ellis Island hospital is located on the south side, and the “Save Ellis Island”…show more content…
For example, they would give immigrants a jigsaw puzzle to test the immigrant’s intelligence. If a person would get this jigsaw correct, they would get a bald man with a smile drawn on their portfolio. This was a symbol to show that the immigrant had basic intelligence. While conducting these tests, the people would have to practically scan the person to check for key signs of a mental problem or disorder. One major occurrence would be “Psychoses of a depressive nature” which can be spotted quite easily. A person with this mental problem normally has: slow speech, low voice, tearful eyes, difficulty thinking, delayed responses, perplexity, sad faces, and trembling articulation. (Cohen, “This Jigsaw Puzzle Was Given to Ellis Island Immigrants to Test Their…show more content…
The doctors would watch a certain person walk up to the second floor to see if the person was breathing heavy (clear sign of heart problems) or had trouble walking due to a hurt limb. The doctors would mark down a check or an “X” for each person. This test was dubbed the “six second physical” because of how quickly the doctor could finish examining a person. A majority of the time, doctors did not to use any tools, but if a person looked as if they had a medical condition or were hiding one, they would use some standard tools. Some of these include a stethoscope, a reflex hammer, a Ophthalmoscope, and many other common items that doctors use today. (Mutt, “Mental Examination Of

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