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Forgotten Ellis Island

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63 minutes
Source: PBS Video

A century ago, one of the world's greatest public hospitals was built to examine and care for the numerous, hopeful immigrants entering America through Ellis Island. The Ellis Island hospital was at once welcoming and foreboding: immigrants nursed to health were allowed entry to America, but those deemed feeble of body or mind were deported.

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