Passages to America: Oral Histories of Child Immigrants from Ellis Island and Angel Island

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Potomac Books, Inc., Jan 1, 2011 - History - 192 pages
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More than twelve million immigrants, many of them children, passed through Ellis Island s gates between 1892 and 1954. Children also came through the Guardian of the Western Gate, the detention center on Angel Island in California that was designed to keep Chinese immigrants out of the United States. Based on the oral histories of fifty children who came to the United States before 1950, this book chronicles their American odyssey against the backdrop of World Wars I and II, the rise and fall of Hitler s Third Reich, and the hardships of the Great Depression. Ranging in age from four to sixteen years old, the children hailed from Northern, Central, Eastern, and Southern Europe; the Middle East; and China. Across ethnic lines, the child immigrants life stories tell a remarkable tale of human resilience. The sources of family and community support that they relied on, their educational aims and accomplishments, their hard work, and their optimism about the future are just as crucial today for the new immigrants of the twenty-first century. These personal narratives offer unique perspectives on the psychological experience of being an immigrant child and its impact on later development and well-being. They chronicle the joys and sorrows, the aspirations and achievements, and the challenges that these small strangers faced while becoming grown citizens."

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1Passing Through Ellis Island
Child Immigrants from the British Isles
3From the Pale of Settlement to the Golden Land
4The Italian Bambini
5St Olafs Children from Scandinavia
6Survivors of the Armenian Genocide
9Europes Displaced Children Come to the United States
10The Paper Sons of Angel Island
11Risk and Protective Factors in the Lives of Immigrant Children
12From Sojourners to Citizens
Child Immigrants to the United States 18921954
Selected Chronology Changes in US Immigration and Naturalization Laws

7German Immigrant Children During the Great Depression
8Escape from Hitlers Third Reich
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Emmy E. Werner is the author of "In Pursuit of Liberty: Coming of Age in the American Revolution, A Conspiracy of Decency: The Rescue of Danish Jews During World War II, Through the Eyes of Innocents: Children Witness World War II", and "Reluctant Witnesses: Children s Voices From the Civil War". She currently lives in Berkeley, California.

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