Category Archives: Lazarus (Emma)

The Synergy between Statue and Poem

Senior White House aide tried Wednesday to separate the Statue of Liberty from Emma Lazarus’s poem. He wasn’t entirely wrong but he was more wrong than right.

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High above Flood & Fire Ye Held the Scroll

Emma Lazarus writes a Statue of Liberty-type poem celebrating Rosh Hashanah.

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America, An Immigrant Nation

Opponents of the Dream Act should reread the lines on the Statue of Liberty.

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Refugee Poem Changed Liberty’s Meaning

The poem at the base of the Statue of Liberty get us to interpret the sculpture differently than the designer intended.

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