Ellis Island Era Immigration Summary

Ellis Island Era Immigration Summary - Ellis Island Era...

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Ellis Island Era Immigration Summary & Analysis "Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor. .." Emma Lazarus is not usually considered to be one of the great figures of nineteenth-century American literature, but her 1882 poem "The New Colossus" must rank among the most famous verses in American history. The poem, which Lazarus wrote in 1882 in celebration of the construction of the Statue of Liberty , has become the ultimate expression of America's self-image as a welcoming "nation of immigrants." Through her poem, Lazarus transformed the Statue of Liberty—built by the French to commemorate shared Franco-American ideals of democracy— into a beacon of hope for foreigners seeking a better life in the United States. "Give me your tired, your poor," says Lady Liberty in Lazarus's poem, "your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!" The blazing torch of the Statue of Liberty—the
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