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Encountering Ellis Island: How European Immigrants Entered America
America is famously known as a nation of immigrants. Millions of Europeans journeyed to the United States in the peak years of 1892–1924, and Ellis Island, New York, is where the great majority landed. Ellis Island opened in 1892 with the goal of placing immigration under the control of the federal government and systematizing the entry process. Encountering Ellis Island i ...more
Hardcover, 184 pages
Published April 8th 2014 by Johns Hopkins University Press
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Although the title refers only to Ellis Island, this is an examination of the workings of both Ellis and Angel Islands during the period of the status as gateways for immigration on the east and west coasts of the US--and as part of the series "How Things Work," concentrate on the bureaucracy and the processes rather than the larger context and social history. Bayor contrasts the efforts at Ellis Island, although in retrospect thoroughly riddled with Progressive-era eugenics and class prejudice, ...more
Encountering Ellis Island explores the experiences of the millions of Europeans who flooded into the United States in the latter half of the 19th century and well into the 20th century. Mr. Bayor leaves no stone unturned in his coverage of the corruption and the confusion, the controversy and the chaos immigrants faced as they tried to enter the country. His research is thorough and his presentation of it is matter-of-fact. Throughout it all, he strives to debunk certain myths about what the ...more
Mar 30, 2016 Rochelle rated it really liked it · review of another edition
This book could have been much more comprehensive and I would have made different decisions about its organization. By focusing on a single decade and a single location the information could have been much more complete. The author chose to focus on larger questions for each section i.e. "How (and Why) Immigrants Traveled to America" than a particular time period. For that reason it could be confusing as to what time in history the author was speaking. What I would really prefer to read are the ...more