Pier 21: Gateway to Hope

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Between 1928 and 1971, Pier 21 was the gateway of Canada. As the landing port for immigrants, it greeted more than one million new Canadians. It also saw many Canadians leave, including 368,000 soldiers who sailed overseas during the Second World War.

This is the story of Pier 21 and the many people who passed through it, the war brides and their children, the returning warriors, and the refugees from war-torn Europe and beyond. It examines the importance of Canada’s “Ellis ...

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Overview

Between 1928 and 1971, Pier 21 was the gateway of Canada. As the landing port for immigrants, it greeted more than one million new Canadians. It also saw many Canadians leave, including 368,000 soldiers who sailed overseas during the Second World War.

This is the story of Pier 21 and the many people who passed through it, the war brides and their children, the returning warriors, and the refugees from war-torn Europe and beyond. It examines the importance of Canada’s “Ellis Island” and its role today as a historical center.

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Pier 21 served as a gateway of hope for the many people who immigrated through its doors--children evacuated from war-torn Great Britain, war brides, displaced persons, soldiers and reunited families. Opened as an immigration facility in 1928 in Halifax, Canada, this port saw thousands of people stream through its doors to a new life and new hope. With numerous historical photographs, Granfield outlines the stories of the people who entered Pier 21, relating details of both their journeys, their reasons for coming, the challenges they faced, and how Pier 21 affected the lives of immigrants. Also embedded within this excellent reference book is the story of World War II and Canada 's involvement. A focus on the stories and pictures of children makes this an especially relevant nonfiction book for young people. 2000, Tundra Books, Ages 9 to 12, $12.99. Reviewer: Leah Hanson
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780887765179
  • Publisher: Tundra
  • Publication date: 3/28/2000
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 3 months - 18 years
  • Product dimensions: 7.59 (w) x 10.03 (h) x 0.16 (d)

Meet the Author

Linda Granfield is one of Canada’s leading non-fiction researchers and writers. She is the author of 97 Orchard Street, New York: Stories of Immigrant Life, High Flight: A Story of World War II, Amazing Grace: The Story of the Hymn, and In Flanders Fields: The Story of the Poem by John McCrae.

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