Ellis Island, New York

Gateway to America

From 1891 to 1924, the immigrant processing station on Ellis Island was the entrance to the United States for millions of immigrants. With significant percentages of newcomers hailing from Germany, Italy, and the Austro-Hungarian empire (Poles, Slovaks, Hungarians), the bulk of these immigrants were Catholic.


EllisIsland.org * Italian Immigration


Julie Byrne, "Roman Catholics and Immigration in Nineteenth-Century America"