"Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free..."
By Sam Yang - Get similar updates here
At the feet of the Statue of Liberty lies a broken chain. And beneath that is an inscription, a sonnet by American poet Emma Lazarus. Written in 1883, the piece was titled "The New Colossus." The statue was a gift to the United States from the people of France. They called her La Liberté éclairant le monde: Liberty Enlightening the World. She is our symbol of freedom. She is the first sight for many immigrants coming to their new home. You've made it.
Many of us know she's there, we use her as the American icon, but who she is and what she stands for, we might not know. Then more than ever we need a primer on Lady Liberty, to the principles of the United States of America, and to the virtues for which she stands.
The New Colossus
She stands to teach the world what it means to be free. That's why she stands at the foot of America. To greet those who come, to give them hope, and to light their way.
Useful Companions (Improve Your Education and This Site by Buying a Book):
- Liberty's Torch: The Great Adventure to Build the Statue of Liberty – Elizabeth Mitchell