American Passage: The History of Ellis Island by Vincent J. Cannato

By Vincent J. Cannato

For many of recent York's early background, Ellis Island were an vague little island that hardly held itself above excessive tide. this present day the small island stands along Plymouth Rock in our nation's founding mythology because the position the place lots of our ancestors first touched American soil.

American Passage captures a time and a spot remarkable in American immigration and historical past, and articulates the dramatic and bittersweet debts of the immigrants, officers, interpreters, and social reformers who all performed an enormous function in Ellis Island's chronicle. during this sweeping, usually heart-wrenching epic, Vincent J. Cannato unearths that the background of Ellis Island is eventually the tale of what it ability to be an American.

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There is no good reason to believe, and in fact there is good reason to doubt, that the surviving epigraphic evidence reflects the relative occurrence of the various languages in the entire corpus which once existed. It is impossible to determine the extent of the distortion caused by the vicissitudes of transmission, and the extent to which our own perception of the linguistic situation has also suffered as a result. Our confidence that epigraphic documentation on perishable material once existed does not make up for our inability to reconstruct its precise form.

13 14 John 19:19–20. The question of literacy will not be considered here. Hesemann 2002 should be ignored. The author did not apply even the most fundamental epigraphic methods. 16 P. Yadin 16. See Cotton 1996: 29. 15 The presence, role and significance of Latin 19 There were thus two categories of epigraphic texts. Their distinct characters were determined by purpose and function; yet at the same time the ephemeral category has suffered total extinction. This means that we have to ask very seriously how representative the surviving epigraphic evidence can really be.

8 The linguistic situation might have been quite otherwise; these relatively minor cities in semi-desert environments might have sunk to the level of village settlements where no literate or scribal activity still took place. Or Nabataean Aramaic might have come back into use for documents. Or official texts in Greek might have been authenticated by individual written ‘subscriptions’ on the part of witnesses, using whatever Semitic language they were literate in (such Semitic language subscriptions to Greek documents are a common feature of the texts of the Bar Kokhba period from the Judaean Desert, and are a very significant aspect – which deserves further study – of the Euphrates 5 8 6 Gitler 2005.

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