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S.S. Rex of the Italian Line Docking, New York city, 1935

S.S. Rex of Italian Line Docking at New York City
New York State Archives, NYSA_A3045-78_Dn_NY17
 
Document Description
The S.S. Rex of the Italian Line docking at New York City, 1935.
 
Resources
Freedman, Russel. Immigrant Kids. Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers, May 1995. ISBN: 0140375945
Bierman, Carol. Journey to Ellis Island: How My Father Came to America. Hyperion Books for Children, June 2005. ISBN: 0786854995
Bode, Janet. The Colors of Freedom: Immigrant Stories. Scholastic Library Publishing, March 2000. ISBN: 0531159612
Maestro, Betsy. Coming to America. Scholastic, Inc., January 1996. ISBN: 0590441515
Stein, Richard Conrad. Ellis Island. Scholastic Library Publishing, September 1992. ISBN: 0516466534
Quiri, Patricia. Ellis Island. Scholastic Library Publishing, August 1998. ISBN: 0516263749
 

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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