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Immigration Symbols

"The New Colossus"

Etched on a bronze plaque on the inner walls of the statue's [Statue of Liberty] pedestal is this famous poem by Emma Lazarus:

The New Colossus
Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land,
Here at our sea-washed, sunset-gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome, her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin-cities frame.

"Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she,
With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,
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!"

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Statue of Liberty National Monument

The United States is often symbolized, not by the American flag, but by a woman who carries a torch, standing tall in New York Harbor. The Statue of Liberty was a gift from France, who looked at the United States as a model of liberty and freedom. Readers will learn about the design and construction of the Statue of Liberty, as well as the amount of money that was donated to pay for such an immense statue. There are many facts about Lady Liberty on this site as well as many pictures of this American symbol.
      
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