A&E Ellis Island (02:15:52)For some it was the Isle of Hope. For others, it was the Isle of Tears. For half a century, Ellis Island was America’s “golden door,” where entrance meant a new life and rejection meant a heartbreaking return to hopelessness. In this A&E Special, we meet an ethnically diverse group of immigrants who recall their extraordinary adventures, from the treacherous passage across the sea to the daunting challenge of starting life over in a new and foreign land. Interviews from the Ellis Island Oral History Project reveal what the immigration experience was actually like, while historians address the island administration’s sometimes insensitive and overly expedient policies. Rare photos and film footage are also included.
Bill Moyers Becoming American: The Chinese Experience (04:14:09)hat does it mean to become American? What is lost and what is gained in the process? In interviews with historians, descendants, and recent immigrants, this set of powerful Bill Moyers documentaries explores these questions through the dramatic experience of the Chinese in America. Includes Gold Mountain Dreams, Between Two Worlds, and No Turning Back.
PBS Destination America Series (4-part series, 60 minutes each)From award-winning filmmaker David Grubin, this four-part series explores the remarkable stories of migration to the United States. Each episode features the experiences of individual immigrants and families, driven by the same forces that have compelled individuals to immigrate for centuries: economic opportunity, religious freedom, artistic expression, and an escape from a violent and oppressive way of life.