Ellis Island was the biggest immigration office in America at the time it was in use. About 40% of Americans are descendants of people that went through the Ellis Island immigration office. The Island was active as immigration office from 1892 to 1954 and processed about 12 million people of which most was processed before 1924. The first immigrants came for the British Isles. The second wave of immigrants came from western Europe manly Germans, Scandinavians, and Dutch. the third wave came from southern Europe, like Spain and Italy. and then the forth came from eastern Europe.
The Statue of liberty was built in 1886 by Auguste Bartholdi and given by the French government to the American government. A gift of eternal friendship to commemorate US independents for British rule.
I do have a relative that went to the US in 1870. Niels C. Lie she emigrated from Norway, but Ellis Island was not built.
The most famous person that has gone through Ellis Island is Albert Einstein. Einstein was born in 1879 in Ullm in Bavaria to a Jewish family. He is known as one of the smartest individuals that have walked this earth. He arrived at Ellis Island on the 2 of April 1921. he had left his Fatherland because of the tension whit the NSDAP, Nationalist social German workers party.
In the article «Why America is still the land of opportunity» the author arguments for that the American dream is not what people think. the American dream is that you can become an entrepreneur.