The Ellis Island tourists don’t get to see: Inside the infectious disease wards, morgue and giant furnace where the dreams of thousands of immigrants hoping for a new life in America came to a terrible end

article-2362465-1ACAC7F7000005DC-780_634x357The 22-building hospital was one of the largest public health institutions in the U.S, according to the New York Times. In 1914, its staff treated 10,000 people from 75 countries.
After it closed in 1954 the 750-bed hospital and morgue were left abandoned. They have remained out of bounds to the more than three million tourists who flock to the island each year.

Vilseskogen, the New Jersey photographer who took the photos in 2008, said: ‘We walked through old mental wards, infectious disease wards, saw the morgue, and the giant furnace room. It was an amazing experience and you could really feel the history alive, right here and now.’

We have included several pictures for your use. To find them look at the bottom of the page under “Historic Photos”.

For more resources on teaching this era, check out our:

US History PowerPoints:

*Immigration and Urbanization:
*Progressive Era

Classroom History games:

* AMERICAN IMMIGRATION GAME
Covers the three waves of immigration to the United States from Europe. Student teams choose one of seven ports to place their immigrant-laden ships, learning about patterns of immigration to the U.S.

President Jackson Mini-PowerPoint

Our Expansion and Reform:1829-1860 PowerPoint covers the explosions of growth during this era.

We have included this 27-slide excerpt on President Jackson.

For more on this era check out our:
Simulation Games

PowerPoints

Colonization in North America

We have a couple of PowerPoint presentations that cover this era in American History. Since most U.S. History classes begin with this topic, we have taken an excerpt from our Colonization to Reconstruction presentation for your use.

Here are other some of our other early U.S. History PowerPoints: Colonial Era, American Revolutionary War, The New Nation: Washington to John Quincy Adams, The First Industrial Revolution, Westward Movement, and Slavery in America.

Influenza

These 11 slides are excerpted from our Black Death PowerPoint.  We wanted to post them since they are so timely.

If you’d like to download this mini-ppt, go to our Free Downloads page.

President Eisenhower’s Farewell Address, 1961

Eisenhower's farewell speech

As a Westpoint graduate, army officer, WWII general, NATO Supreme Commander, and president during the Korean Conflict, Eisenhower was well versed in the military strength of the nation over the course of decades and in various situations.

It might be surprising then to learn that in his farewell address he believed that disarmament ought to be a goal for the nation and world at large. He feared a military industrial complex might overpower the nation, since it was the first time in US history that a permanent armament industry existed.

We have included in this post a link to the speech in its entirety as well as a copy of the transcript with questions and answers for students.

Please view our 1950s PowerPoint if you would like a complete exploration of the decade.

Major Causes of the Great Depression

This 26 slide mini-ppt reviews the major causes of the Great Depression. We have posted it on SlideShare for your convenience. You can download it from there, or from our Free Downloads page.

If you would like to see more on the Great Depression and New Deal, please check out our 177 slide PowerPoint on the 1930s.

Casualties in American wars

The United States has been involved in many entanglements over the years for various reasons, however the result is always the same, the death of young men doing their duty for our nation.

Whether people agree with the reasons for entering or exiting a conflict, all can agree that the loss of life is a tragic event.

This chart is included in a few of our PowerPoint presentations, as a way of illustrating the human cost of wars in general and the Civil War in particular.

We have included some questions that can used with the chart.

Deaths from all American wars

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Major Causes of WWII mini-PowerPoint

SlideShare is an interesting way of viewing a presentation that is accessible from any computer with internet access. We have placed our free mini-PowerPoint on the Causes of World War II on their site in order to allow access from yet another resource. It is also available on our website to download with all of the videos.