Angel Island

Angel Island

Gateway to Gold Mountain

Book - 2013
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A middle-grade history of the "other Ellis Island" traces how Angel Island served as an entry point for one million Asian immigrants to the United States in the early 20th century, drawing on memoirs, diaries, letters and "wall poems" discovered at the facility long after it closed to describe the center's screening process, immigration policies and eventual renaissance as a historic site.
Publisher: New York : Clarion Books, c2013
ISBN: 9780547903781
Branch Call Number: J 979.4 F875an 2013
Characteristics: 81 p. : illustrations ; 26 m


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Angel Island, in San Francisco Bay, was the Ellis Island of the West, where more than half a million people arrived, seeking a better life. Many were from Asia, and faced extra scrutiny and interrogation before being allowed to land, where they faced even more discrimination. Includes translations of poems carved on the barracks walls. Illustrated with period photos.

BCD2013 Jun 09, 2014

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Chronicles the harrowing process of immigrating to San Francisco that many Russian, Japanese, and Chinese immigrants made, only to find themselves stuck in a perpetual limbo at Angel Island.
- Betsy Bird


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