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Book navigates crosscurrents of immigration

Published: May 27, 2009 By: Associated Press Source: My Source
""American Passage: The History of Ellis Island" (Harper, 487 pages, $27.99), by Vincent J. Cannato: They used to hang pirates on a small island in New York harbor, near where the Statue of Liberty now stands. Today, after 63 years as a testing station for would-be immigrants, Ellis Island has become a huge memorial for millions of Americans whose forebears successfully passed through it.

It's also a reminder of a pressing contemporary issue: How to control immigrants when as many as 20 million may have slipped through present controls and are living in the United States illegally.

In "American Passage," Vincent J. Cannato navigates the crosscurrents of immigration since the 1700s, illustrating his tale generously with odd facts and highly readable stories."

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