Gateway to Librty-V891

Mary J. Shapiro, Author Vintage Books USA $14.95 (276p) ISBN 978-0-394-72891-9
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. (May)
Reviewed on: 05/01/1986
Release date: 05/01/1986
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