Arriving at Ellis Island

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The huge influx of immigrants to the United States from the late 1800s to the early 1900s was one of those events that shaped the nation's future. This book tells the story of the Europeans who arrived in that period, many of them to escape poverty and oppression. It takes a detailed look at the history and processes of the Ellis Island immigration station and at what their experiences on the island meant to new arrivals. It also examines the troubles and triumphs that awaited a generation of immigrants who would...
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Overview

The huge influx of immigrants to the United States from the late 1800s to the early 1900s was one of those events that shaped the nation's future. This book tells the story of the Europeans who arrived in that period, many of them to escape poverty and oppression. It takes a detailed look at the history and processes of the Ellis Island immigration station and at what their experiences on the island meant to new arrivals. It also examines the troubles and triumphs that awaited a generation of immigrants who would have a significant impact on the modern American character and society.

Discusses immigration to the United States during the the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and describes the small island in New York harbor that served as the point of entry for millions of immigrants from 1892 to 1954.

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School Library Journal
Gr 3-5-In the first book, Anderson provides a brief overview of the immigrant experience and the history of Ellis Island. A simple chart illustrates the patterns of immigration, and sidebars describing the experiences of various families personalize the information. This accessible title will be useful for reports. The second book takes the same approach, but with less success. There are some inaccuracies, including the statement that "Most of the missions were in Southern California." In fact, they stretch from San Diego to north of San Francisco. The ultimate plan was to build them approximately one day's journey apart. At times, Anderson simplifies the history too much, as in "the missions were also responsible for the enslavement and deaths of most of the Native people in the southern and mid-coast areas of California." The relationships of the friars, the Spanish government, and the military were more complex than that and each had its own priorities, some more noble than others. The book has the same general layout, including lots of full-color photos and illustrations. Additional topics include a biographical sketch of Father Jun'pero Serra, daily life at the missions, and the restoration movement in the early 20th century. Both volumes are attractive and fulfill the need for concise introductions to their subjects.-Roxanne Burg, Thousand Oaks Library, CA Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780836853513
  • Publisher: Gareth Stevens Publishing LLLP
  • Publication date: 7/1/2002
  • Series: Landmark Events in American History Ser.
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 697,420
  • Age range: 10 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.62 (w) x 9.98 (h) x 0.14 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 4
Chapter 1 Immigration 6
Chapter 2 Coming to America 12
Chapter 3 Ellis Island 18
Chapter 4 At the Golden Door 26
Chapter 5 A New Life 36
Chapter 6 The Later Years 40
Conclusion 42
Time Line 44
Glossary 45
Further Information 46
Index 47
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