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American Passage: The History of Ellis Island

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ISBN13: 9780060742744
ISBN10: 0060742747
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For most of New York's early history, Ellis Island had been an obscure little island that barely held itself above high tide. Today the small island 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. In American Passage, Vincent J. Cannato masterfully illuminates the story of Ellis Island from the days when it hosted pirate hangings witnessed by thousands of New Yorkers in the nineteenth century to the turn of the twentieth century when massive migrations sparked fierce debate and hopeful new immigrants often encountered corruption, harsh conditions, and political scheming.

American Passage captures a time and a place unparalleled in American immigration and history, and articulates the dramatic and bittersweet accounts of the immigrants, officials, interpreters, and social reformers who all play an important role in Ellis Island's chronicle. Cannato traces the politics, prejudices, and ideologies that surrounded the great immigration debate, to the shift from immigration to detention of aliens during World War II and the Cold War, all the way to the rebirth of the island as a national monument. Long after Ellis Island ceased to be the nation's preeminent immigrant inspection station, the debates that once swirled around it are still relevant to Americans a century later.

In this sweeping, often heart-wrenching epic, Cannato reveals that the history of Ellis Island is ultimately the story of what it means to be an American.

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"By bringing us the inspiring and sometimes unsettling tales of Ellis Island, Vincent Cannatos American Passage helps us understand who we are as a nation.”
— Walter Isaacson

“Never before has Ellis Island been written about with such scholarly care and historical wisdom. Highly recommended!"
—Douglas Brinkley, bestselling author of The Wilderness Warrior

The remarkable saga of Americas landmark port of entry, from immigration post to deportation center to mythical icon.

About the Author

Vincent J. Cannato teaches history at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. He is the author of The Ungovernable City: John Lindsay and His Struggle to Save New York and has written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post.

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P.A. Brown, January 17, 2011 (view all comments by P.A. Brown)
This book takes a wonderful look at the story of immigrants who came to America, both in the 1800s and the early 1900s, first through Castle Garden, then the iconic Ellis Island.

The author discusses not only the immigrant journey of who came to America, but the politics that changed to reflect the times and local prejudices.

If you've ever wondered what your ancestors went through to get to this country and how they were both revered and reviled in turn, then pick up a copy of this timely book. With all the arguments going on today about immigrants, a look at the same issue in the past is enlightening.

I highly recommend this book to those with inquiring minds.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780060742744
Subtitle:
The History of Ellis Island
Author:
Cannato, Vincent J.
Author:
Cann
Author:
ato, Vincent J.
Publisher:
Harper Perennial
Subject:
United States - State & Local - Middle Atlantic
Subject:
United States - 19th Century/Turn of the Century
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Subject:
World History-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Publication Date:
20100504
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
512
Dimensions:
8 x 5.3125 x 0.820513 in

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Product details 512 pages Harper Perennial - English 9780060742744 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , "By bringing us the inspiring and sometimes unsettling tales of Ellis Island, Vincent Cannatos American Passage helps us understand who we are as a nation.”
— Walter Isaacson

“Never before has Ellis Island been written about with such scholarly care and historical wisdom. Highly recommended!"
—Douglas Brinkley, bestselling author of The Wilderness Warrior

The remarkable saga of Americas landmark port of entry, from immigration post to deportation center to mythical icon.

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