Monday, September 17, 2018

Reviewing Forgotten Ellis Island

Forgotten Ellis Island.
I recently reviewed an interesting book that was set on Ellis Island in 1911. While reading that book I realized how little I knew about the early days of Ellis Island. Immediately after finishing the book, I looked for more factual information about immigration via Ellis Island in the early days.  I found Forgotten Ellis Island based on multiple recommendations. And I'm here to recommend this documentary to you.

In the novel, A Fall of Marigolds, I learned about Nurse Clara and what her job entailed on Ellis Island. That brief visit piqued my interest. I wanted to know more about the doctors, nurses, and healthcare provided in those early days. In the days before antibiotics. While some immigrants arrived with diphtheria, cholera, trachoma, and other severe physical ailments.

Forgotten Ellis Island is a PBS documentary that shows us the inside of the abandoned medical buildings of Ellis Island. Did you know there are 3 islands that are a part of Ellis Island? I had not known that prior to reading this book and watching this documentary. In the documentary, we learn about the medical center being used as the first defense, and attempt, to stopping contagious diseases from spreading through the country. We hear about the treatments used - before medical knowledge grew and provided better treatments for diseases. Specifically for trachoma. 

I enjoyed seeing the photos of the nurses, touring the inside of the buildings, and seeing the fashions during that time period. If you are interested in this time period, in "the great wave" of immigration, or in early medical care, A Fall of Marigolds and Forgotten Ellis Island is a wonderful combination that brings this time period alive. 

There are many ways to view this video; television, streaming apps, or purchasing the DVD. I want to mention that I watched it for free via Amazon Prime. Also, I watched it on my Insignia Roku television. With all of these free and nearly-free shows and movies, I'm LOVING this tv!






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4 comments:

  1. First, I want to say, I am sooooo glad you are enjoying your Roku television!

    While reading your review, I realized I know very little about Ellis Island and the way immigration was handled. It sounds like it was handled very logically and methodically. I can't help but think we need to take a lesson from our own history in our country today. The documentary sounds like an excellent source of information for those interested in our immigration history.

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  2. I always thought our immigration history was very interesting, so it is nice to have some additional recommendations for future reading and viewing.

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  3. This would be a documentary series that I would certainly enjoy. While well before my time, it certainly was the first waves of immigration and look where we are now.....I love true stories, thanks Dawn Rae!

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  4. Sounds very interesting indeed. Am also fascinated about people who arrived here before us and their plights. I hadn't heard of this before, so I'll be saving it.

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