Angel Island: Immigrant Gateway to America

While Ellis Island might represent America's welcome to immigrants, Angel Island highlights our history of immigration restriction and helps us understand present-day immigration debates.

Lecture Description

While Ellis Island has come to represent America’s welcome to immigrants, Angel Island, its counterpart on the West Coast, reflects America’s more complicated history of immigration. In this lecture, award-winning historian Erika Lee reveals the forgotten histories of Asian, European, and Mexican immigrants who entered, were detained at and deported from the U.S. from Angel Island. She shows that the history of Angel Island is ultimately about America itself and its complicated relationship to immigration, a story that continues today.



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