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Doorway to Freedom By Steven Kroll Illustrated by: Karen Ritz 10"x9" (32 Pages)Ages 8-11 Publisher: Holiday House, 1995
Ellis Island, Doorway to Freedom is the island's fascinating history, from Colonial times to the present. Owned first by the Dutch, then the British, and finally a private citizen named Samuel Ellis, eventually the island was bought by New York State and given to the federal government. The government used it mainly as a immigration station. Between 1892 and 1954, more than 16 million foreigners passed through its doors on the way to becoming American citizens. By November 1954, the world had changed. Laws limiting the number of immigrants and shifts in immigration policy caused the station to be closed. In 1965, Ellis Island was made part of the Statue of Liberty National Monument. Its immigration museum reminds all of us that America is a nation of immigrants. An index, maps, glossary and author's note are included.
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