Emma Lazarus and the Statue of Liberty

"Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses. . ." are words deeply connected with the Statue of Liberty from Emma Lazarus’s poem, “The New Colossus!”

Did you know that April 17 is celebrated as the day in 1907 when more immigrants were processed through Ellis Island than any other day in its history—11,747 people!

As early as the 1880s, Lazarus was speaking out against anti-Semitism in Europe, advocating for Jewish refugees coming to the United States.

Many of her most passionate poems were inspired by the Hebrew Bible.
In “The Banner of the Jew” she writes:

“With Moses’ law and David’s lyre,
Your ancient strength remains unbent.
Let but an Ezra rise anew. . .to lift the Banner of the Jew!”

Share

More Book Minute Features

December 11, 2017

The Wyman Fragment

A fragment may be just a small piece, but in the case of the Wyman fragment, dating from the third century, a highly significant piece. It’s a glimpse...
December 06, 2017

Read the Book: A New Year’s Resolution

It’s that time of year when we start thinking about losing weight, working out, and generally making decisions to—uh—make better decisions? “New Year’...
December 15, 2017

A Christmas Classic : The Lion, the Witch, and th...

“The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe,” known by many children and adults around the world from the Disney movie released in December 2005, has becom...