The New Colossus By Emma Lazarus

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Travel back to June 17, 1885. It is a summer New York day, and the statue of liberty has just arrived on American grounds. The lady herself was a gift from the French to the United States as a sign of friendship. However, on the bottom of the statue, there is a plaque with a poem. This poem is known as “The New Colossus,” By Emma Lazarus. “The New Colossus” set a foundation for what the United States morals were built on. One might argue if Americans should still abide to this poem. Though it has been roughly 130 years since the statue landed on the New York shores, Americans should still follow the poem’s example today. We should continue to follow the words stated at the base of the Statue of Liberty because it is an example of American…show more content…
There are also many shops and businesses that have been brought to use through immigration. Numerous immigrant have left their touch on America, that some might even say we take for granted the teeming amount of cultural influences America has. This country’s foundation is built on America opening its arms to people around the world. “From her beacon-hand, glows a world-wide welcome, her mild eyes command,” (The New Colossal),
As stated in paragraph 1, “The New Colossus” was written roughly 130 years ago. For 130 years, America has been striving to meet the expectations of “The New Colossal.” Though there have been many complications and obstacles that come year to year, this country will ultimately continue better the way it welcomes immigrants. When you look at a timeline, you can see that many civilizations around the world are hundreds and even thousands of years older than America. In the words of Anna Lee, “America is having an identity crisis.” This country is so new and fresh. Similarly, like a young teenager, we don’t know who we are meant to be. However, if we keep with our roots, we will realize that their is no reason to change what we have. Continuously, Americans have been attempting to live up to the legacy of “The New Colossal. Unlike other countries, America is unique and divergent from the rest. Changing the ideals of American society now is pointless, as it would leave the country and it’s
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