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Passages to America: Oral Histories of Child Immigrants from Ellis Island and Angel Island


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More than twelve million immigrants, many of them children, passed through Ellis Island's gates between 1892 and 1954. Children also came through the Guardian of the Western Gate, the detention center on Angel Island in California that was designed to keep Chinese immigrants out of the United States. Based on the oral histories of fifty children who came to the United States before 1950, this book chronicles their American odyssey against the backdrop of World Wars I and II, the rise and fall of Hitler's Third Reich, and the hardships of the Great Depression. Ranging in age from four to sixteen years old, the children hailed from Northern, Central, Eastern, and Southern Europe; the Middle East; and China. Across ethnic lines, the child immigrants' life stories tell a remarkable tale of human resilience. The sources of family and community support that they relied on, their educational aims and accomplishments, their hard work, and their optimism about the future are just as crucial today for the new immigrants of the twenty-first century. These personal narratives offer unique perspectives on the psychological experience of being an immigrant child and its impact on later development and well-being. They chronicle the joys and sorrows, the aspirations and achievements, and the challenges that these small strangers faced while becoming grown citizens.

Table of Contents

Passing through Ellis Island — First in line : child immigrants from the British Isles — From the pale of settlement to the golden land — The Italian bambini — St. Olaf's children from Scandinavia — Survivors of the Armenian genocide — German immigrant children during the Great Depression — Escape from Hitler's Third Reich — Europe's displaced children come to the United States — The paper sons of Angel Island — Risk and protective factors in the lives of immigrant children — From sojourners to citizens.

Product Details

Potomac Books Inc.
Werner, Emmy E.
Social Science : Emigration & Immigration
Publication Date:
August 2009

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Ethnic Studies » Immigration
History and Social Science » Politics » General
History and Social Science » Sociology » Children and Family
History and Social Science » Sociology » General
History and Social Science » US History » 20th Century » General
History and Social Science » World History » General

Passages to America: Oral Histories of Child Immigrants from Ellis Island and Angel Island
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