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Angel Island, off the coast of California, was the port of entry for Asian immigrants to the United States between 1892 and 1940. Following the passage of legislation requiring the screening of immigrants, "the other Ellis Island" processed around one million people from Japan, China, and Korea. Drawing from memoirs, diaries, letters, and the "wall poems" discovered at the facility long after it closed, the nonfiction master Russell Freedman describes the people who came, and why; the screening process; detention and deportation; changes in immigration policy; and the eventual renaissance of Angel Island as a historic site open to visitors. Includes archival photos, source notes, bibliography, and index.

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"Freedman (Becoming Ben Franklin) details the fascinating and sometimes upsetting history of the 'Ellis Island of the West' as he examines Asian immigration to the U.S. at the start of the 20th century. The many Chinese immigrants who disembarked at Angel Island in the San Francisco Bay between 1910 and 1940 usually found it more detention than welcoming center. A thorough narrative, with personal vignettes and b&w archival photos, describes the taxing sea voyage from Asia, long detentions at the island, and intolerant attitudes endemic in America. Owing to strict exclusion laws for the Chinese (and later other Asian groups), thousands waited in cramped barracks for medical tests and stringent interviews. (Freedman also includes resistance stories of immigrants already settled in the country to these prejudicial laws, e.g., returning laundry to customers folded but still dirty.) Making this poignant account even more so are translated poems interspersed throughout, written by despairing detainees on barrack walls: 'Nights are long, the pillow cold; who can comfort my solitude?.... Shouldn't I just return home and learn to plow the fields?' A selected bibliography and index are included. Ages 9 — 12." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Synopsis:

An account of "the other Ellis Island"—Angel Island, California, the entry point for one million Asian immigrants in the early 20th century.

About the Author

Russell Freedman received the Newbery Medal for LINCOLN: A PHOTOBIOGRAPHY. He is also the recipient of three Newbery Honors, a National Humanities Medal, the Sibert Medal, the Orbis Pictus Award, and the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, and was selected to give the 2006 May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture. Mr. Freedman lives in New York City and travels widely to research his books.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780547903781
Author:
Freedman, Russell
Publisher:
Clarion Books
Subject:
United States - 19th Century
Subject:
Americana-General
Subject:
Children s Nonfiction-US History
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20140131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 4 up to 7
Language:
English
Illustrations:
b+w photographs
Pages:
96
Dimensions:
9.5 x 9.5 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 9 up to 12

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Product details 96 pages Clarion Books - English 9780547903781 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Freedman (Becoming Ben Franklin) details the fascinating and sometimes upsetting history of the 'Ellis Island of the West' as he examines Asian immigration to the U.S. at the start of the 20th century. The many Chinese immigrants who disembarked at Angel Island in the San Francisco Bay between 1910 and 1940 usually found it more detention than welcoming center. A thorough narrative, with personal vignettes and b&w archival photos, describes the taxing sea voyage from Asia, long detentions at the island, and intolerant attitudes endemic in America. Owing to strict exclusion laws for the Chinese (and later other Asian groups), thousands waited in cramped barracks for medical tests and stringent interviews. (Freedman also includes resistance stories of immigrants already settled in the country to these prejudicial laws, e.g., returning laundry to customers folded but still dirty.) Making this poignant account even more so are translated poems interspersed throughout, written by despairing detainees on barrack walls: 'Nights are long, the pillow cold; who can comfort my solitude?.... Shouldn't I just return home and learn to plow the fields?' A selected bibliography and index are included. Ages 9 — 12." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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An account of "the other Ellis Island"—Angel Island, California, the entry point for one million Asian immigrants in the early 20th century.
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