American passage : the history of Ellis Island

by Cannato, Vincent J., 1967-

Format: Print Book 2009
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"By bringing us the inspiring and sometimes unsettling tales of Ellis Island, Vincent Cannato's 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 America's landmark port of entry, from immigration post to deportation center to mythical icon.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "While telling a history of the iconic reception facility for immigrants, Cannato emphasizes Ellis Island as the focal point of the administration of American immigration law. The political forces influencing that law supply his narrative's momentum, as he depicts the activities and arguments of immigration advocates, immigration opponents, and, more practically, officials who made on-the-spot decisions. After recounting Congress' creation in 1891 of a federal immigration bureaucracy and its infrastructure on Ellis Island, Cannato expounds on commissioners of the place, their ties to politicians, and their viewpoints on enforcing changes in law that Congress regularly made, culminating in nationality quotas in 1924 that wound down Ellis Island's immigration operations. (It served as a detention center until closing in 1954.) Including many cases of immigrants' lives affected by the Ellis Island processes, Cannato aims to attract those whose ancestors went through Ellis Island, and his carefulness to be historian and not judge of the segment of the traditional American debate about immigration that Ellis Island represents will enlighten present participants in its politics.--Taylor, Gilbert Copyright 2009 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Ellis Island Immigration Station (N.Y. and N.J.) -- History.
Immigrants -- New York (State) -- New York -- History.
Immigrants -- United States -- History.
Ellis Island (N.J. and N.Y.) -- History.
United States -- Emigration and immigration -- History.
New York (N.Y.) -- Emigration and immigration -- History.
Publisher New York :Harper,2009
Edition 1st ed.
Language English
Description viii, 487 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages [424]-472) and index.
ISBN 9780060742737 (alk. paper)
0060742739 (alk. paper)
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