Ellis Island, dubbed the "Island of Hope,"
admitted millions of immigrants to their new lives in a growing and
prosperous nation. But there lies a darker side to the primary
immigration station from 1892-1924, and no building tells the story
better than the Baggage and Dormitory Building.
Built in 1908 specifically as a detention center, it was here many immigrants were detained for reasons such as unsavory political affiliations, or inclusions in the wrong ethnic and religious group. During World War II the building served its darkest purpose - as an internment camp. Hundreds of Americans of Japanese, German, and Italian descent were rounded up each month and detained on the island, where many remained for years. Read the full story in The Kingston Lounge.