As the U.S. entry point for nearly twelve million immigrants in the late 1800s and early 1900s, Ellis Island is truly a cornerstone of our nation's history. Author Judith Jango-Cohen describes the Ellis Island experience from the point of view of immigrants by incorporating real-life stories. In addition, readers will learn about the island's history — from its years of peak operation to its decline — and its reopening as the Ellis Island Immigration Museum. Series Information: Dramatic and defining moments in American history — from colonial times to the present day — come vividly to life in "Cornerstones of Freedom, Second Series." A natural extension of the acclaimed original series, the second series returns its focus to the United States with more of what middle-grade teachers and students are looking for to support history, social studies, and geography curricula.