Between 1890 and 1910, millions of immigrants from southern and eastern Europe came to America. They endured many hardships to make the journey. They were packed in steerage on the ships crossing the Atlantic. These immigrants came for many reasons. They were escaping religious persecution, political oppression, poverty, and famine, as well as war. In America, the immigrants expected a land of opportunity. The immigrants came from their houses in Russia, Italy, Greece, and Poland to the nearest ports where they hoped to gain passage to Ellis Island in New York City. Travel along with the immigrants as the make their way to a better life in America.