True Immigrant Tales: Jordan’s Adventures Continue

[This is a continuation of last week’s blog, which you may want to read first.  Jordan’s story comes from my oral history collection.] “When we were taken to Ellis Island, naturally, there were hundreds of us and we were led, almost like sheep, here and there, and we didn’t know where we were going.  Each … More True Immigrant Tales: Jordan’s Adventures Continue

Scottish Teen Tells of Her 1921 Journey in Steerage

[From my immigrant oral histories collection: This is the story of Helen, who sailed from Glascow, Scotland, in 1921.  She was 14 and traveled with her mother and three brothers to rejoin her father who had left for America a year earlier.]  “It may sound terrible, but I have no love, no feelings at all … More Scottish Teen Tells of Her 1921 Journey in Steerage

Personifying the American Dream and the American Spirit

I was asked an interesting question about how the characters in Guardians of the Gate convey the message of the American Dream and the strength of the human spirit. The easy answer lies in the immigrants going through Ellis Island, leaving behind poverty, repression, and limited life choices to pursue freedom and a better life … More Personifying the American Dream and the American Spirit

Ellis Island Employees Instead of Immigrants

As its title implies, Guardians of the Gate is primarily about the people who worked at Ellis Island and the numerous situations they faced while working on the island.  I’ve been asked, though, why I didn’t write this historical novel from the perspective of the immigrants instead. Certainly, the millions of immigrants who came through … More Ellis Island Employees Instead of Immigrants