History Stories
CATEGORY: Immigration
The Messy Fight to Feed Immigrants at Ellis Island
September 13, 2017

Eating in the “world’s largest restaurant” was no picnic. Read More

The Birth of ‘Illegal’ Immigration
September 7, 2017

For a long time, it wasn't possible to immigrate “Illegally" to the U.S. Read More

The Top Spots to Visit in New York, According to Two Historians
September 1, 2017

A hospital and a church tell the stories of America. Read More

Visit the Historic Cigar Capital Tucked Away in a Florida City
August 10, 2017

The world’s finest cigars came from here. Read More

Born in the USA: The Immigrant Son Who Fought for Birthright Citizenship
May 30, 2017

In one of the most overlooked civil rights cases in American history, an American-born son of Chinese immigrants took on the U.S. government to affirm the principle of birthright citizenship. Read More

When America Despised the Irish: The 19th Century’s Refugee Crisis
March 16, 2017

More than 150 years ago, it was the Irish who were refugees forced into exile by a humanitarian and political disaster. Explore this era of scorn the Irish initially encountered and find out how they became part of the American mainstream. Read More

Remembering Annie Moore, Ellis Island’s First Immigrant
December 28, 2016

On the anniversary of the opening of Ellis Island, learn about the first foreigner who passed through its doors, 17-year-old Irish immigrant Annie Moore. Read More

Teen Debunks Professor’s Claim That Anti-Irish Signs Never Existed
August 12, 2015

A 14-year-old girl has proven that historical scholarship is not solely the realm of tweedy academics. Armed with her curiosity and an Internet connection, Rebecca Fried has debunked a history professor’s claim that “No Irish Need Apply” signs were not historical realities, but “a myth of victimization. Read More

The Warship of Peace That Fed Famine-Stricken Ireland
March 16, 2015

On the eve of St. Patrick’s Day, revisit America’s first major foreign disaster relief effort when a warship delivered food to Ireland during the potato famine. Read More

9 Things You May Not Know About Ellis Island
November 12, 2014

Check out nine surprising facts about the port that once served as the main entryway to America. Read More