Gateway to Liberty: The Story of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island

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Illustrated with over 200 photographs, many never before published, Gateway to Liberty details the history of two great landmarks: the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. From the account of the massive task of raising funds for and constructing Liberty to the personal, sometimes heartbreaking, stories of the immigrants who entered the United States through Ellis Island, it is a stirring and informative look at one of the most important periods in American history.

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Mary J. Shapiro is the author of numerous books about New York City and its most famous landmarks, including the Brooklyn Bridge, the Statue of Liberty, and Ellis Island. Her children's book, How They Built the Statue of Liberty (Random House), was translated and published in Spanish, French and Japanese editions. She also wrote the exhibition script for the highly acclaimed Ellis Island Immigration Museum in New York. As an interpretive planner for a museum design firm, she helped develop exhibitions for the National World War I Museum in Kansas City, Missouri, and the William J. Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock, Arkansas.

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A New York City resident and author of local guides, Shapiro places the two landmarks in ironic contrast: "If Liberty symbolized the aspirations, ideals and dreams of the immigrants, Ellis Island would come to represent the harsh realities and ordeals they would have to endure before they and their children would share in America's blessings." After documenting the design, construction, fund-raising and unveiling ceremony of the Statue of Liberty, Shapiro traces the history of immigration. Her engrossing and empathic narrative weaves together memoirs, government reports and correspondence. The book is also distinguished by its striking collection of 250 photographs and illustrations, including many political cartoons and memorable portraits of immigrants by Lewis W. Hine.
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