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What does the quote on the Statue of Liberty mean to you?

"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!"

 
samurai_chica

Asked by samurai_chica at 9:57 AM on Aug. 14, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Upon reading the whole sonnet, I understand that our country was settled by people who felt like out-casts in the countries of their birth. The left to be free and not restricted by the demands of a church which was run by the crown, a strict class system, poverty and hunger. They came here to have the fresh start and be able to do all the things they saw the upper classes doing without tyranny or a monarchy. Their hard work and toil would bring the rewards. No work and you get nothing but the choice was yours to make. We weren't exiled (not all any way) but we were a land of tenacious people. We still are.
    jesse123456

    Answer by jesse123456 at 10:11 AM on Aug. 14, 2009

  • something that needs to be revised from 1886 standards! lol
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:02 AM on Aug. 14, 2009

  • Entire sonnet:

    The interior of the pedestal contains a bronze plaque inscribed with the sonnet "The New Colossus" by Emma Lazarus. It has never been engraved on the exterior of the pedestal, despite such depictions in editorial cartoons

    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-tossed to me,
    I lift my lamp beside the golden doo
    jesse123456

    Answer by jesse123456 at 10:06 AM on Aug. 14, 2009

  • When the Statue of Liberty was built and placed in the harbor, immigrants had to go through a screening process before entering this country. That requirement is still in place.


    I strongly support the rights of legal immigrants.

    mancosmomma

    Answer by mancosmomma at 10:09 AM on Aug. 14, 2009

  • couldn't agree more, anon 02!
    These days it's sounding more like "give me tired, your poor, your moochers, your users, your terrorists-in-training...."
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:09 AM on Aug. 14, 2009

  • These days it's sounding more like "give me tired, your poor, your moochers, your users, your terrorists-in-training...."


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    laughing

    LoriKeet

    Answer by LoriKeet at 10:14 AM on Aug. 14, 2009

  • does not mean the same today as it did them ~ time for a upgrade
    BoundHearts

    Answer by BoundHearts at 10:20 AM on Aug. 14, 2009

  • great answer jesse!
    samurai_chica

    Answer by samurai_chica at 10:22 AM on Aug. 14, 2009

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