American Passage: The History of Ellis Island by Vincent J. Cannato

By Vincent J. Cannato

for many of latest York's early heritage, Ellis Island have been an imprecise little island that hardly held itself above excessive tide. this day the small island stands along Plymouth Rock in our nation's founding mythology because the position the place lots of our ancestors first touched American soil.

American Passage captures a time and a spot unheard of in American immigration and heritage, and articulates the dramatic and bittersweet bills of the immigrants, officers, interpreters, and social reformers who all performed a huge function in Ellis Island's chronicle. during this sweeping, frequently heart-wrenching epic, Vincent J. Cannato finds that the background of Ellis Island is finally the tale of what it potential to be an American.

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Where once his friends and relatives had fled the racially repressive South for the Black Republic, now there were thousands of armed black men in the city of New Orleans aiming to bring an end to the southern slave power. Lest we forget, armed black men had overthrown slavery in Haiti and at the time Etienne was writing, governed the country. Troops of black soldiers, therefore, signaled for the students the arrival of a new order within southern society. ”28 If large regiments of colored soldiers were an indication of the changes brought by the war, so were the actions of enslaved people on nearby plantations.

17 Recruiters often sought very young soldiers to meet their quotas. Andrew Sherburne claimed that ship captains also sought young boys, encouraging “this spirit of enterprise” that would lead youths to run away to sea, and to war. ” Both brothers died in the army. 18 Sometimes young boys had different duties from adults (although adults also filled “noncombatant” jobs such as waiters). Most of the youngest soldiers in this study do not recall firing weapons at the enemy, at least not in their first term of duty.

My father had neither a shelter for his family, nor bread for them, nor clothes to cover them save what we had on. 4 Some children endured enemy soldiers quartered in their homes. Enemy soldiers were, of course, frightening, and some memoirs describe youthful fears. Yet others tell stories of defiance. James Jenkins’s story contained elements of both. He described hiding up a tree while Tories raided his South Carolina home and, after a later raid, his mother defying a British officer who had taken over their house.

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