We’re all immigrants

-1Knowing that Linda can still recite the words of Emma Lazarus’s poem with its iconic words “Give me your tired, your poor,/Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,/ . . .”, this morning I asked her when she learned it: “There was a musical version I learned in school. We had a wonderful music teacher in 7th grade,” she said. The image is a political cartoon by Abigail Gray Swartz, the illustrator of “The New Yorker” 2/6/17 cover. A bronze plaque inscribed with the text of Lazarus’ poem is mounted on the inner wall of the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty.  The lines from Lazarus’s poem on Swartz’s image read: “Give me your tired, your poor,/Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,/The wretched refuse of your teeming shores./ Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, /I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

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