“Where liberty is, there is my country.”
— Benjamin Franklin
Continuing our tourist adventures in New York yesterday, we spent the afternoon on Ellis Island. At least 100 million Americans today, our guide explained, can trace their families’ start in this country back to an immigrant who passed through the Great Hall of this immigration center just offshore New York City.
In 1907, the facility’s peak year, more than 1 million hopeful new American residents were processed here and then told they were “free to go.”
Free to take the ferry to New York and, from there, the train to wherever their imaginations and their ambitions might lead them…