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Summary Of Angel Island: Immigration Gateway To America

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In chapter one of Angel Island: Immigration Gateway to America, the authors describes to the reader how the immigration process was much more difficult for the non-whites than it was for the whites. When first getting to the immigration station on Angel Island the men and women were separated including couples, this was the standard policy. It was much easier for a first-class passenger to enter the land, all they needed was a cursory medical exam while the second-class passengers had to be loaded onto a ferry and taken to Angel Island for inspection. Simple questions were asked to immigrants arriving to help identify who they were. “But nationality, race, and immigrant and economic status all played a part in determining whether further medical
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