Angel Island

Angel Island

Gateway to Gold Mountain

Book - 2013
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An account of "the other Ellis Island"--Angel Island, California, the entry point for one million Asian immigrants in the early 20th century.
Publisher: New York : Clarion Books, c2013.
ISBN: 9780547903781
0547903782
Characteristics: 81 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.

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Angel Island served as an entry point into the United States for hundreds of thousands of immigrants in the early 1900s. While some people saw the island as a gateway to a new life and opportunities, others came to think of Angel Island as a prison.


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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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