Ellis Island Turned Away Those They Deemed “Imperfect”

Ellis Island was a group of wooden buildings on a New York island used for funneling massive amounts of immigrants into America. Funded by the US Federal government, after 1892 the former gunpowder station became the place where immigrants arriving to America were registered first before being admitted into the country. Those with physical and mental imperfections were turned away as well as those with lifestyles deemed undesirable such as, prostitutes, polygamists and anarchists. Many immigrants who had emptied their life savings into the voyage were devastated and destitute after being rejected by the American bureaucracy at Ellis Island.

Suellen Ocean is the author of the historical series, The Lion’s Trace Available here:

The Lies of the Lion (Book 1)


The Guild (Book 2)


The Last Quadroon (Book 3)


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Suellen Ocean

With a Bachelor of Arts degree from Sonoma State University, Suellen Ocean does her writing from the hills of Northern California. She began writing professionally for print and radio broadcasting in the late 1980's. Her first self-published book led to her becoming "officially" published, when in 1998 she was asked to participate in the anthology, "The Simple Life" through Berkley Books, New York. She is the author of sixteen books on diverse subjects.

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