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“The New Colossus” by Emma Lazarus

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The French gave the State of Liberty to the United States in 1886. The two countries built the statue together to serve as a memorial of their difficult, revolutionary struggles. But, in 1903 Emma Lazarus’ sonnet “The New Colossus” made the Statue into more than just a symbol of the two nations’ independence. Her poem, and the epigraph from it now engraved at the Statue’s base, turned the Statue of Liberty into a welcoming mother and a symbol of hope to immigrants from all over the world.

To celebrate American independence, Experimental Wifery shows you how to really read a poem that reminds us not only what it means to be American, but also of the role all women should play in welcoming strangers and tending to the down-trodden. Read the rest of this entry