Arriving at Ellis Island

Arriving at Ellis Island

by MaryLee Knowlton, Dale Anderson
     
 
Millions of people came from Europe to make a home in the United States between the late 1800s and the early 1900s. This book tells of their arrival at the Ellis Island immigration station and what they experienced there. It also tells why so many people came, what happened to them in their new land, and how they helped shape the American character and society of

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Millions of people came from Europe to make a home in the United States between the late 1800s and the early 1900s. This book tells of their arrival at the Ellis Island immigration station and what they experienced there. It also tells why so many people came, what happened to them in their new land, and how they helped shape the American character and society of today.

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Children's Literature
"Events that Shaped America" is the name of the series, and this text certainly does highlight Ellis Island and the immigration experience as one of those events that shaped American history. Time period pictures and quotes from immigrants who sailed steerage and had their first view of Lady Liberty as they sailed into the Upper Bay or New York Harbor are just a few of the reasons this text leaves a vivid impression on younger readers. As always, the series authors boldface interesting words and then offer, at the end of the text, a glossary to aid reader understanding. Unlike many of the other books in the Events series, there is less focus on those displaced by new arrivals to America and more focus on how the various immigrant groups positively impacted who we could be when defined as "American," even as their arrival set into motion tough immigration laws that eventually placed tight quotas on who could come into the U.S. The achievement of the text, though, is in how it allows young readers to know Ellis Island and the people who helped our newest citizens come to the U.S. The conclusion of the text discusses what happened to and on Ellis Island after it was officially closed in 1954, following years of little use because of tight quotas. Pictures and comments about the immigration Wall of Honor show the current status of the restored and reopened Ellis Island. An excellent read, whether for general interest or research purposes; and if research is the focus the "Time Line" as well as "Further Information," which has excellent Web choices, will be appreciated even more. 2002, Gareth Stevens Publishing,
— Jean Boreen

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780836832211
Publisher:
Gareth Stevens Publishing
Publication date:
06/28/2002
Series:
Events That Shaped America Series
Edition description:
NO AMER
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
7.80(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
8 - 11 Years

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