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JV6450 .V65 1988

Voices From Ellis Island: an Oral History of American Immigration   

University Publications of America, 1988. (8 Reels)



Subject Category:

History US, History World, Social Conditions

Collection Dates:

01/01/1900 - 12/31/1986


UNLV Microforms


A series of oral histories of 185 people who entered the United States via Ellis Island or worked there between the turn of the century and 1954. Interviews were conducted in 1985 and 1986. In addition to describing the journey to the Ellis Island, these oral histories concern life on the lower East Side, the Bronx, and various cities the interviewees dispersed to after arriving in New York, as well as accounts of such matters as schooling, social lives, working conditions, and home situations -- in short, the entire process of Americanization. Some became shopkeepers, teachers, engineers, union members, and even a Hollywood producer, Endre Bohem ( #140). Interviewees Joseph Talese (#61) and Euterpe Dukakis (#91) became parents of famous sons (author Gay Talese and governor Michael Dukakis, respectively). The countries represented are: Albania, Argentina, Armenia, Austria, Barbados, Belgium, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, England, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Palestine, Poland, Rumania, Russia, Scotland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Turkey, United States, Wales, and Yugoslavia.

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