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American passage : the history of Ellis Island

Author: Vincent J Cannato
Publisher: New York : Harper Perennial, 2010, ©2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st Harper Perennial edView all editions and formats
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Ellis Island had been an obscure little island that barely held itself above high tide. Today it stands alongside Plymouth Rock in our nation's founding mythology as the place where many of our ancestors first touched American soil. Ellis Island's heyday -- from 1892 to 1924 -- coincided with one of the greatest mass movements of individuals the world has ever seen, with some twelve million immigrants inspected at  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Vincent J Cannato
ISBN: 9780060742744 0060742747
OCLC Number: 456179673
Notes: Originally published in hbk. : New York : HarperCollins, 2009.
Description: viii, 487 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 21 cm
Contents: Island --
Castle garden --
A proper sieve --
Peril at the portals --
Brahmins --
Feud --
Cleaning house --
Fighting back --
The Roosevelt straddle --
Likely to become a public charge --
"Czar Williams" --
Intelligence --
Moral turpitude --
War --
Revolution --
Quotas --
Prison --
Decline --
The new Plymouth Rock.
Other Titles: History of Ellis Island
Responsibility: Vincent J. Cannato.

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Ellis Island had been an obscure little island that barely held itself above high tide. Today it stands alongside Plymouth Rock in our nation's founding mythology as the place where many of our ancestors first touched American soil. Ellis Island's heyday -- from 1892 to 1924 -- coincided with one of the greatest mass movements of individuals the world has ever seen, with some twelve million immigrants inspected at its gates. Historian Vincent J. Cannato illuminates the story of Ellis Island, from the 19th century days when it hosted pirate hangings, to the turn of the 20th century when massive migrations sparked fierce debate and hopeful new immigrants often encountered corruption, harsh conditions, and political scheming. Accounts of immigrants, officials, interpreters, and social reformers all play a role in the chronicle. Long after Ellis Island ceased to be the nation's preeminent immigrant inspection station, the debates that swirled around it are still relevant.

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