By Vincent J. Cannato
for many of latest York's early heritage, Ellis Island have been 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 exceptional in American immigration and heritage, and articulates the dramatic and bittersweet debts of the immigrants, officers, interpreters, and social reformers who all performed an immense position in Ellis Island's chronicle. during this sweeping, usually heart-wrenching epic, Vincent J. Cannato finds that the heritage of Ellis Island is finally the tale of what it skill to be an American.
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12–16 and 62–3; Report of School-Teacher Christaller, in Soden to Bismarck, 27 October 1888, BArch R1001 4297, pp. 45–51; Böckheler, Theodor Christaller, pp. 65–71. See also Mehnert, ‘Schulpolitik’, p. 126. Böckheler, Theodor Christaller, p. 68. 30 Black Germany between Africans and their German ‘handlers’. Nonetheless, the colonial authorities did not completely abandon ofﬁcial involvement in African education in Germany. Rather, they continued to facilitate educational visits and resolved to avoid the ‘mistakes’ made in training Alfred.
26 This included the costs of schooling, clothing, food and accommodation. 27 Consequently it was almost exclusively children of Duala leaders, notables, religious ﬁgures or wealthy traders that were educated in Germany. At the same time it is remarkable just how many children from such families born between the mid 1870s and the mid 1890s spent time there before 1914. These included young men who would later assume positions at the forefront of the Duala traditional political elite. 28 Mpundu’s cousin Manga Akwa also spent time in Germany as did at least four of Duala Manga’s brothers.
68, in BArch R1001 5571, p. 70. Alfred Bell to Joseph Bell, 30 April 1889, BArch R1001 4298, pp. 46–9, here p. 47. ‘Ein schwarzer Sozialdemokrat’, Kladderadatsch, 8 June 1890, p. 98; ‘Foreign News and Gossip’, Daily Evening Bulletin (San Francisco), 1 July 1890, p. 4. Alfred Bell to Joseph Bell, 31 October 1888, BArch R1001 4297, pp. 88–9, here p. 89. On the practices of slavery in coastal Cameroon with which Alfred Bell would have been familiar, see Austen, ‘Slavery and the Slave Trade’. On the impact of the slave trade in the western interior of the protectorate, see Argenti, The Intestines of the State, pp.