Sam Ellis's Island

Sam Ellis's Island

by Beatrice Siegel, DyAnne DiSalvo-Ryan

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School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 3-6 As Siegel traces the history of Ellis Island and the people involved in its past, she also gives a brief history of New York City and a biographical sketch of Sam Ellis, a wealthy merchant during the Revolutionary War. First a hanging site for pirates, the island became a private fishing ground for Ellis. The island remained in his family for a time but was then used as a training site and an arsenal, much to the chagrin of the people on the nearby mainland. Besides sketching the history of the island, Siegel tells about immigrants and the laws regarding them. Ellis Island was not only the doorway in, but during the 1950s was the doorway out for those deported due to the McCarthy hearings. Siegel uses some primary sources; quotes from newspapers of the times put the story into historical context. She also quotes some of the people who passed through Ellis Island. The book is most useful for a general introduction to immigration policy and not for serious research study. The black-and-white illustrations are decorative but add little to the text, and the maps lack explanations. Margaret C. Howell, Capitol Hill Day School Library, Washington, D.C.

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Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
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8 - 12 Years

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