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Ellis Island: Coming to the Land of Liberty…

Ellis Island: Coming to the Land of Liberty

by Raymond Bial

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Fantastic nonfiction informational book about the history of Ellis Island in particular and Immigration to America in general.
  aartik | Jul 10, 2015 |
This book is a good encapsulation of the history of Ellis Island, and a recounting of some of the trials and troubles that immigrants throughout that history have been escaping – and some they have come running to. The book is full of quotes and stories from immigrants, immigration agents, and others. These quotes speak to the hardships of the Atlantic voyage, and the hard work of entering and becoming successful in America – such as one Italian immigrant’s musing that the streets in American were not paved at all, let alone with gold, and that he was expected to pave them (44). The historical narrative is accompanied by a wealth of beautiful contemporary and historical photography, historical documents, and artist renderings which really breathe some life into the text. The text is well researched, and contains a good suggested reading section at the end. I can see this book being particularly useful in middle school social studies rooms, but it would not be at all out of place in a high school history class as a tool to spark a discussion about, say, the history of immigration and the ways the immigrant experiences mentioned in the book relate to contemporary immigration issues. Were I to come across a copy of this book, I would include it in my classroom library. ( )
  jrnewman | May 4, 2015 |
Great book about how people traveled from foreign lands to the United States. The pictures of the artifacts and the portraits of the immigrants are awesome. Learning the processes each immigrant had to go through to be able to stay is interesting as well. Great book! ( )
  ronicadibartolo | Sep 2, 2013 |
This book seems like it's geared towards older children and/or adults, because the actual literature is very mature. I liked that it had really old pictures from when the immigrants first came to America as well as newer pictures from the Ellis Island museum.
  rebeccabrooke | Jun 9, 2013 |
Terrific book all about Ellis Island. The pictures really tell the story like Bial's Tenement book. The photos he takes really help the reader understand what it was like to go through Ellis Island to get to America. Beautiful work that is so easy to understand and reader approachable. May be harder for younger kids to really relate to, but older ones will really enjoy it.
  marlasheffel | Mar 19, 2012 |
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Ellis Island, America’s most famous location in its history of immigration, was once a landfill in the upper bay of New York Harbor. Since its opening on January 1, 1892, Ellis Island has come to symbolize the waves of immigrants from a list of countries that seems endless. Although there were other immigration stations along the United States’ shores between 1892 and 1924, half of the newcomers to the United States came through Ellis Island. Once a popular spot with picnickers, Ellis Island was purchased by a farmer in 1794. The government reclaimed the island and Ellis Island became the foremost station in immigration services. It was enlarged to six acres, and nearly twelve million people passed through its doors until it closed in 1954.
This is the story not only of the many Americans who first came to this country through Ellis Island but of Ellis Island itself.

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Since opening in 1892, Ellis Island has come to symbolize the waves of immigrants from a list of countries that seems endless. In this work, Bial tells the story of Ellis Island itself.

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