This interactive documentary integrates extensive archival footage, original documents and artifacts, glorious photographs, poignant remembrances of people who passed through Ellis Island, and interactive video vignettes that allow users to experience first-hand the trials and triumphs of immigration. The only production of its kind ever authorized by the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, The Ellis Island Experience captures the drama of the greatest migration in human history.
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This movie was a great purchase for my husband's history class. It was very informative and educational while keeping the students attention!
Times sure have changed. When I was growing up we could read a book, or see a film or listen to a teacher explain something. Now, however, in addition to all these ways of learning, CD-Roms have been added to the mix. Not as a substitute, of course, but as an enhancement. This kind of software makes an excellent gift for children, for families, and for history buffs who just can't get enough. It's fun to just click a mouse and hear the sights and sounds of the experience of the millions of people who arrived America through Ellis Island from 1892 to 1954. It takes a full two hours to view this CD if a person would view it all at once, but of course it can be returned to again and again. There's a lot of information here, but, more than that, it is an experience. We hear the sound of the steamship whistles, we see rare films and photos of the immigrants, we listen to oral histories, learn about the Old World and its political upheavals, the challenges the immigrants faced,...
The Ellis Island Experience is an amazing, informative and fun educational software developed by SouthPeak Interactive in collaboration with The State of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc. and The History Channel. This comprehensive, interactive, 365-year chronicle of American immigration offers a wealth of information and images that take full advantage of the Windows 95/98 formatted CD-ROM, including interactive video segments allowing users to undergo the immigration experience for themselves!. Hosted by Robert Siegel, the web-enabled CD-ROM also connects to a website available only to users of The Ellis Island Experience and offers Search and Print capabilities for text, images, and transcripts. The Ellis Island Experience is ideal for classroom and homeschool use, and would make an invaluable, popular addition to personal and community library educational software collections as well.
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