In the Shadow of Liberty: The Chronicle of Ellis Island

By Edward Corsi | Go to book overview

CHAPTER III
WHO SHALL APOLOGIZE?

IT IS an inspiring sight to watch a mighty parade, to hear martial music, to view the gorgeous costumes and note the uplifted chins beneath eager determined eyes. But how different, and what a contrast is an army in retreat! The broken ranks, the maimed and wounded, the dying, the desperately struggling, proceeding anywhere but toward the original objective. Such is the contrast between the caravan of immigration to America, and the exodus of those hapless ones who, old and broken, defeated, discouraged, the better parts of their lives spent in vain, often turn in refuge toward their homelands after disappointments in Americal!

And how filled with pathos are the annals which reveal the cruelty, the swindling, the merciless exploitation of thousands who came to our shores with high hopes and ideals of American citizenship.

Both lanes of humans--the incoming and the outgoing--converged at Ellis Island. The incoming were often buoyed as much by false promises as by high hopes; the outgoing frequently bore the earmarks of human treachery as well as the shadow of shattered illusions.

In the corridor which leads to the Commissioner's office at Ellis Island, there hangs overhead the following framed notice:

ORDER CONCERNING TREATMENT OF IMMIGRANTS

"Immigrants shall be treated with kindness and civility by everyone at Ellis Island. Neither harsh language nor rough handling will be toler

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Introduction v
  • Author's Note vi
  • Contents vii
  • Illustrations ix
  • Part I 1
  • Chapter I I Behold America 3
  • Chapter II The Abruzzi 8
  • Chapter III Exile 11
  • Chapter IV A Career Ends in Glory 17
  • Chapter V The Migration 19
  • Chapter VI Pathways of a Youthful Immigrant 22
  • Chapter VII Life on the East Side 25
  • Chapter VIII A Summons to the White House 30
  • Part II 33
  • Chapter I Before Becoming Guardian of the Gate 35
  • Chapter II Great Sectors of the Caravan 39
  • Chapter III America Closes the Gate 47
  • Chapter IV Ellis Island's Romantic Background 57
  • Chapter V I Return to the Island 62
  • Part III 69
  • Chapter I A Picture of 1907 71
  • Chapter II Depression Turns the Tide 93
  • Chapter III America's Last Long Mile 96
  • Chapter IV Listening to Reminiscences 113
  • Chapter V Racketeers and Human Contraband 129
  • Part IV 149
  • Chapter I Vignettes Out of the Long Ago 151
  • Chapter II Matching Wits with John Chinaman 159
  • Chapter III Those "Bad, Bad Radicals"! 177
  • Chapter IV Royalty and Fakers in the Caravan 201
  • Chapter V Storms of the Present and Past 224
  • Part V 259
  • Chapter I Little Tales of Flood-Tide Days 261
  • Chapter II The Caravan's Most Amazing Character 268
  • Chapter III Who Shall Apologize? 281
  • Chapter IV The New Deal 296
  • Index 317
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