History lesson 85

Lessons 80 – 84 Review

After the Civil War, the U.S. had to get up again and move on. This became easy as industrialism in America resulted in a favorable outcome. America attracted lots of immigrants looking for religious, economical, and political freedom. Ellis Island was a big immigrant office. Ships filled with   new immigrants would dock there. It began at first as a small fishing island, but in the War of 1812 a fort was built there. Lots of buildings and immigration stations were set up there. The first person to be sent through there was an Irish immigrant, Annie Moore, in 1892. In 5 years however, the major buildings burned down and lots of records were destroyed. The federal government made a new fireproof building and it was completed in 1900. Ellis Island was declared part of the Statue of Liberty monument and is a museum now.Liberty Island was initially called Bedloe Island and is home to Fort Wood. To celebrate America’s first 100 years as a nation, France gave America a huge copper plated statue called: Liberty Enlightening the World. We call it the Statue of Liberty today and it was designed by the sculptor Frederic Auguste Bartholdi. It is mostly hollow, and because it is hollow, tourists can climb up inside and see everything from the very top on the observation deck. President  Cleveland got to see the Statue get unveiled in 1886.

Caitlin Kershisnik