Ellis Island and the Peopling of America (Paperback)

By Virginia Yans-McLaughlin, Marjorie Lightman, Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundatio (Compiled by)

New Press, 9781565843646, 209pp.

Publication Date: August 1, 1997

List Price: 19.95*
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Over 3 million people visit Ellis Island, the "Golden Door to America," every year. Ellis Island has become an invaluable resource center on immigration and genealogy as well as a national tourist attraction, widely praised for its excellent displays and informative exhibits. Now, the best of the Ellis Island Museum is available to readers everywhere from the Ellis Island-Statue of Liberty Foundation. Fascinating primary-source documents offer an exciting overview of Ellis Island, placing it in historical context with a concise history of immigration and global migration. This comprehensive guide is a must for anyone interested in immigration in general and Ellis Island in particular.

Ellis Island: A Reader and Resource Guide includes:

  • Entry interviews with immigrants
  • Descriptions of mental and physical health evaluations
  • Oral histories and memoirs of immigrants and immigration officers
  • Correspondence from the 1921 Commissioner of Immigration to the Secretary of Labor
  • Census information on immigrants
  • Photographs and prints from the 1800s to the present
  • Maps, charts, graphs, and political cartoons
  • Activities and topics for writing and discussion
  • A bibliography of related materials: books, videos, and CD-ROMs

About the Author

Virginia Yans-McLaughlin is a historian at Rutgers University. She served as an historical advisor to the National Paris Service and The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation on the creation of the Ellis Island Museum.