Covering the period from 1890 to 1924, Koral concentrates on southern and eastern European immigrants to the U.S. She explains some of the reasons why people left their homelands, portrays the generally deplorable shipboard conditions, and details the thorough inspections that travelers were subjected to on Ellis Island. She also touches upon the difficulties faced by new arrivals in securing jobs, learning English, and assimilating into the mainstream culture. Finally, Koral describes the prejudices and fears of some Americans, who pressured Congress to pass laws restricting future immigration. Numerous black-and-white photographs (many with informative captions) add a humanizing touch that complements the many personalized remembrances included in the text. History students and report writers will find this a thoughtful and useful source. Younger readers may also enjoy Bresnick-Perry's "Leaving for America", reviewed below.