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S.S. Normandie Being Berthed, New York City, 1937

Ships. S.S. Normandie
New York State Archives, NYSA_A3045-78_B16948
Document Description
The S.S. Normandie being berthed at New York City with tugboats at the bow, June 1937.
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Historical Context
Ellis Island is located off the coast of New York City, not far from the Statue of Liberty.  From 1892 to 1924, Ellis Island received thousands of immigrants each day.  People from all over the world came to America looking for a better life.  Ellis Island is where immigrants were checked for diseases and disabilities, because either of these would have prevented an immigrant from staying in America.  In 1954, Ellis Island was closed due to a decline in immigration that started with immigration restrictions in the 1920s.

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