Ellis Island Interviews: Immigrants Tell Their Stories in Their Own Words

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Like the Statue of Liberty who lifts her lamp nearby, Ellis Island symbolizes the hope, the promise, and the dreams of freedom and opportunity that lure impoverished and persecuted immigrants to seek a better life in America. Between 1892 and 1954, however, it was far more than a symbol; for millions, it was the final hurdle between them and the realization of their dreams. Indeed, if you were born in the United States, it's quite likely that ...
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Overview

Like the Statue of Liberty who lifts her lamp nearby, Ellis Island symbolizes the hope, the promise, and the dreams of freedom and opportunity that lure impoverished and persecuted immigrants to seek a better life in America. Between 1892 and 1954, however, it was far more than a symbol; for millions, it was the final hurdle between them and the realization of their dreams. Indeed, if you were born in the United States, it's quite likely that at least one of your ancestors passed through Ellis Island.

In Ellis Island Interviews, more than 100 immigrants from all over Europe and the Middle East offer accounts of those difficult steps that carried them to and through Ellis Island's legendary Golden Door. They describe the lives they left behind, explain why they emigrated, and offer moving stories of their often-frightening experiences, both while crossing the Atlantic and in gaining entry to the United States. They also tell us how they fared in their new homeland. Some of the adventurous souls who tell their stories here-including Bob Hope, writer Isaac Bashevis Singer, and movie director Otto Preminger-rose to fame and fortune in America,. Even the unsung, however, were heroes. This book is a testament to their courage and perseverance.

Peter Morton Coan, former managing editor of Boating World magazine and executive editor of World Tennis magazine, is the author of the critically acclaimed biography Taxi: The Harry Chapin Story. Ellis Island Interviews is his third nonfiction book.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780760753095
  • Publisher: Fall River Press
  • Publication date: 2/20/2004
  • Pages: 464
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.40 (d)

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Peter Morton Coan, former managing editor of Boating World magazine and executive editor of World Tennis magazine, is the author of the critically acclaimed biography Taxi: The Harry Chapin Story. Ellis Island Interviews is his third nonfiction book.
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  • Posted October 6, 2011

    My all-time favorite book

    This is my all time favorite book. The reader gets a clear look at the immigrants life(usually very difficult) before they left their home country, the trip to Ellis Island and the struggle to learn a new way of life. I only wish that there could have been many more stories. Thank You Peter Morton Coan for collecting these stories.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 18, 2009

    Ellis Island Storytelling

    if you are interested in history then you will enjoy first hand storytelling from the immigrants who came through Ellis Island. I only wish there were more narratives. I want to know more.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2012

    Learn about your ancestors

    The stories are interesting - however, they are a bit repetitive. It does offer insight into the customs of various nationalities - many of which are still practiced today. It is a good lesson in tolerance of all cultures. The book could have been a little shorter and therefore less repetitive.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2013

    Excellent and inspiring

    This book was released at a tme when immigration is at the top of media attention. it is heartwarming and thought provoking in reminding us of what an honor and privilege it is to be and become an American.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2013

    Quite the read!

    You get the point of view of people coming through Ellis Island. It starts with the history of Ellis Island and then it's broken up by country or region. It even has interviews of those that worked or lived on Ellis Island. Having family that emigrated at the time Ellis Island was open, but didn't go through there it was quite interesting to me.

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    Posted June 3, 2012

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    Oh...yup

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  • Posted May 12, 2012

    Loved it

    I was impressed with the details in this book. I've looked for a way to find out information on Ellis Island for a long time. My grandfather came through there and I wanted to know how they decided who was to stay here. Great book.

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  • Posted May 2, 2012

    Easy, enjoyable read.

    Great look into our American History

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2012

    Recommend

    I'm not quite finished yet but have found it to be a very interesting book. The beginning written by the doctors was a bit boring but the stories are great. I have to say the pictures that are included aren't real clear on the Nook and I would like to see them in a paperbook.

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    Posted April 7, 2012

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