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Author Cannato, Vincent J., 1967-
Title American passage : the history of Ellis Island / Vincent J. Cannato
Imprint New York : Harper, c2009
book jacket
 Euro-Am Studies Lib  325.73 C1642 2009    AVAILABLE  -  30500101371592
Edition 1st ed
Descript viii, 487 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Note 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.--Summarized from book jacket
Includes bibliographical references (p. [424]-472) and index
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
Subject Ellis Island Immigration Station (N.Y. and N.J.) -- History
Ellis Island (N.J. and N.Y.) -- History
Immigrants -- New York (State) -- New York -- History
Immigrants -- United States -- History
United States -- Emigration and immigration -- History
New York (N.Y.) -- Emigration and immigration -- History
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