Island of Hope, Island of Tears: The Story of Those Who Entered the New World through Ellis Island-In Their Own Words

Between 1892 and the early 1950s, nearly 15 million people streamed through Ellis Island in search of a new life Here are the stories of those extraordinary immigrants, largely in their own poignant words Coming primarily from Southern and Eastern Europe, and from widely diverse backgrounds, the migr s represented in this remarkable volume recount their adventures withBetween 1892 and the early 1950s, nearly 15 million people streamed through Ellis Island in search of a new life Here are the stories of those extraordinary immigrants, largely in their own poignant words Coming primarily from Southern and Eastern Europe, and from widely diverse backgrounds, the migr s represented in this remarkable volume recount their adventures with dignity, wit, and unflagging honesty Among the dozens of unforgettable narrators you ll meet are a Greek boy who, forced into the Turkish Army, escaped to the U.S with the help of the Russian Orthodox Church a young Polish girl who made the harrowing journey only to have to flee a white slaver and a Czech woman who fooled doctors into letting her travel despite being eight months pregnant.
Island of Hope Island of Tears The Story of Those Who Entered the New World through Ellis Island In Their Own Words Between and the early s nearly million people streamed through Ellis Island in search of a new life Here are the stories of those extraordinary immigrants largely in their own poignant w

  • Title: Island of Hope, Island of Tears: The Story of Those Who Entered the New World through Ellis Island-In Their Own Words
  • Author: David M. Brownstone Irene M. Franck
  • ISBN: 9781586635787
  • Page: 343
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 1 thought on “Island of Hope, Island of Tears: The Story of Those Who Entered the New World through Ellis Island-In Their Own Words”

    1. I have wanted to read this book, which relates immigrants’ experiences in their own words, for over a decade. If relating stories had been all this book said, it would have been excellent. However, the extra narration broke up the immigrants’ stories into topics which spread across multiple chapters, and the number of immigrants and fragmentation of their stories made them difficult to follow. The author’s introduction and conclusion seemed to support modern-day illegal immigration which s [...]

    2. I'm a first generation Italian/American. I am honored to know a man who is the poster child of the American dream, from speaking no English to 2 of the 3 prestigious awards started by Napoleon himself and professor emeritus. I wasn't sure I could be more proud of my father (who came over here BY HIMSELF at 13 years of age, though not through Ellis Island) but reading this gave me a new respect for all of those brave individuals who crossed the ocean to have a better life, including that scared 1 [...]

    3. I am rating this book based on the stories of those presented in it, not on the editing of those stories into this book. I wish the editor had done a better job forming these stories into an easier book to read. I feel that more people would be drawn to read it and learn from it. I found the stories of the lives of the immigrants extremely powerful and compelling. I spent close to 2 months reading this book and metered my reading to a few pages a day so that I could internalize each person's wor [...]

    4. The author used interviews from immigrants to create the book. The immigrants were interviewed late in life, in most cases 50+ years after they arrived in America. Their stories of what life was like in the old world, what caused them to leave, the journey to America, and their Ellis Island experience were poignant. Even though it was first published nearly 40 years ago, it still contains valuable lessons. In my family, the most recent immigrant came in the 1880s. I have often thought about how [...]

    5. Anyone who is in America thanks to immigrants who came across the Atlantic should read this book, or one like it. Amazing what they went througha life lacking enough to leave in the first place; leaving their home and often, familiesway of life. Financial hardship, lies, deceit, hassles, red tape, rejection. Those lucky enough to get aboard were virtually all to suffer 2+ weeks of seasickness and pickled herring. Then more hassles, missed connections, disillusionment, perhaps abuse/manipulation, [...]

    6. My book group read this one. I enjoyed it, especially since my grandfather immigrated through Ellis Island in 1922 and I was better able to understand what he and others went through on their journey. The book is mostly first-person accounts of immigrants from all over Europe from the late 1800's through about 1930. Many original photos were included so that the reader could better visualize the circumstances. The writing style outside of the quotations seemed a little simplistic, rather like a [...]

    7. The actual accounts from those who immigrated to the United States via Ellis Island are fascinating and worthy of five stars on their own, but the authors' attempts to bridge the different stories and fill in the gaps leaves much to be desired. As a result, the book surges forward and then drags, making for a less than compelling read at times. Regardless, the history behind Ellis Island is fascinating, and I learned a lot from this book.

    8. This book is a collection of interviews from people who came through Ellis Island. While the book rambles along a bit, the interviews are somewhat interesting. It's the kind of book you read in a waiting room because you can start and stop about anyplace.

    9. This is a great book to read before visiting Ellis Island. The writing left something to be desired, but the personal stories are very moving. Seeing Ellis Island for the first time, all I could think of was the stories I had read about in the book.

    10. I gave up trying to read this. The accounts seemed very repetitive and not very critically analyzed. It was interesting to hear the perspectives of those who made the decision to make the perilous journey to the US, but it seemed to me like this could have been better organized.

    11. Interesting perspective on southern and eastern immigrants whowere interviewed to write the book. They all came to America fordifferent reasons, and entered through Ellis Island. This was theSecond Wave to reach our country from Europe after the northerneuropeans.

    12. This book was very moving. I enjoyed hearing the stories in the words of the people who experienced Ellis Island for themselves. I had the opportunity to visit shortly after finishing this book. It was so cool to connect actual places and personal memories with what I had just read.

    13. I am interested in immigration - researching mine and Pat's family through ancestry. This book was interesting - but a little choppy. I pretty much learned that it was really tough being an immigrant!

    14. It was slightly boring. I didn't really enjoy the stories, and although it was educational, I didn't enjoy it.

    15. An extremely interesting account of what these people went through to find a better life for them and their families in a totally foreign country

    16. I thoroughly enjoyed this bookslots of historical info highly recommendthis is a story of Ellis Island thru the eyes of those who entered the US thru it

    17. Interested in what it was like to emigrate to the United States through Ellis Island? This will add some answers to many questions our ancestors had to encounter upon coming to the land of hope.

    18. Very interesting read. Had some good quotes from actual immigrants who came through Ellis Island. It was interesting to see how different individuals viewed immigrating to America.

    19. I'm still working on it. Great so far!!!! Very interesting! it's gonna help me with a story I'm writing too. :D

    20. It added to my knowledge of American history/history of immigration. It led to great book group discussion on immigration today.

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