Liberty State Park, Jersey City, New Jersey

John Cowgill: Stories of the Railroad

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Imagine this.  You are on a ship.  You see nothing but open water around you.  You have been at sea for many days.  Then… you see it.  You see… the Statue of Liberty.  You have arrived in the land known as America.  The ship slowly passes the statue, and everyone cheers.  The ship pulls up to the dock of Ellis Island where you pass through customs.  “Welcome to America,” you hear.  You are now in the Land of the Free.

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Now some of you are saying, “That is so wonderful.  I always enjoyed watching those old stories on how people came to Ellis Island.  How about the Statue of Liberty?  It is always such an amazing site to see.  There is one very big problem.  When people came to America through Ellis Island, they came by boat, not by train.  When you are coming from Europe and Africa, boats, not…

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