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Ellis Island Interviews Paperback – September, 1998

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Facts on File (September 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0816035482
  • ISBN-13: 978-0816035489
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,519,360 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Xoe Li Lu VINE VOICE on January 7, 2001
The result of diligent research, intensive interviewing and careful editing, the "Ellis Island Interviews - In Their Own Words" is a historical treasure trove. In the tradition of Studs Turkel, editor Peter Morton Coan has compiled dozens of interviews depicting the Ellis Island immigration experience. In their own words, immigrants from all walks of life relate the stories of their passage, often providing information about the places they came from, what their trip to the United States was like, why the came, and where they went after leaving Ellis Island. Each story is different of course, but each has a common goal: the dream of a better life in America. Coan also includes interviews with Ellis Island employees and provides background information on U.S. immigration policies and Ellis Island operations to help orient the reader.
Coan's excellent research and editing of the interviews has yielded an invaluable resource of our country's immigration history. The stories are fascinating, and the guts and determination possessed by many of the immigrants are beyond admirable. Reading the "Ellis Island Interviews" is a touching and humbling experience - it will help you to better appreciate what those who came before you have endured. Ellis Island ceased to be an INS port in 1954, and almost all of those who came to the U.S. through Ellis Island are now very advanced in age - we have Coan to thank for preserving their stories for generations to come.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By V. E. Thompson on August 3, 2007
I loved reading about each persons journey and struggle for a better life. I did not want the book to end and would put it down frequently to save each story for a different day. I plan to pick it up again in the future and re-read it. It was well written and the author did a good job of sharing the immigrants experiences.
It takes a lot of courage, confidence and optomism to leave everything behind and cross a great ocean in search of a better life. Americans can only feel pride in their forfathers and thankful for their journeys. Americans need to read stories like this to remember to appreciate and not take for granted the life they have today
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. white on May 28, 2007
I am still reading this fascinating and informative book.

So far I give it 4 stars.

I am writing to make a small correction to information on page 110.

The store in Portland, Maine listed as "Portius Mitchell" is

actually "Porteous Mitchell" which was located at 522 Congress St.

The Porteous building still stands and houses the Maine College of Art.

"Porteous Mitchell & Braun" dept. store opened in 1904.
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