By Vincent J. Cannato
For many of latest York's early heritage, Ellis Island have been an vague little island that hardly held itself above excessive tide. at the present time the small island stands along Plymouth Rock in our nation's founding mythology because the position the place lots of our ancestors first touched American soil.
American Passage captures a time and a spot unheard of in American immigration and historical past, and articulates the dramatic and bittersweet money owed of the immigrants, officers, interpreters, and social reformers who all performed a major function in Ellis Island's chronicle. during this sweeping, frequently heart-wrenching epic, Vincent J. Cannato unearths that the historical past of Ellis Island is finally the tale of what it capacity to be an American.
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American Passage: The History of Ellis Island by Vincent J. Cannato