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Emma Lazarus

1849 - 1887
Emma Lazarus was an American poet and essayist. She is best known for the sonnet entitled "The New Colossus" she wrote in 1883. The poem is engraved inside the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty in New York.

Following the immigration wave of the early 1880’s, she stood for persecuted Jews and for Judaism. She also began to work for the relief of immigrants.
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Thou two-faced year, Mother of Change and Fate,
Didst weep when Spain cast forth with flaming ... [+]

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Late-born and woman-souled I dare not hope,
The freshness of the elder lays, the might
Of manly, ... [+]

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Not while the fever of the blood is strong,
The heart throbs loud, the eyes are veiled, no less
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Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at ... [+]