The New Colossus: Immigration Into The Us

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"The New Colossus" (1883), a poem written by Emma Lazarus, engraved on the Statue of Liberty, although it shows much truth does not represent the true attitude of Americans. When immigrants were coming to America many Americans tried their hardest to not even let them in. This was mostly enforced by the US government, which rejected a high percentage of people who tried to enter America. Individual American citizens also played a big role in their attitude towards immigrants coming in to America. Many citizens believed that even though at one time they or their ancestors immigrated here that these immigrants had no right to be allowed in because they were a threat to the society by taking ...view middle of the document...

The citizens of America had a great role in this poem. In like 5 & 6 of her poem, Emma Laazarus states: "From her beacon-hand Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command. This means that everyone welcomes the new immigrants. This welcome definetely did not include the majority of american citizens. Many American citizens thought of new immigrants as a change of culture and an added change of lifestyle. If there were new immigrants, there were also new religions, foods, and traditions. Also the American working force thought of the immigrants as a threat to jobs that could be available to them. Many immigrants bring skill that they learned elsewhere and could replace those who lack as much skill. As shown ina political cartoon, many people who were wealthy were also one poor immigrants who came on a crammed ship. Yet they couldn't welcome those like themselves. Even those who did make it through were treated badly. Many lived in small tenements with many other families. American individuals definetly did not extend their welcome.
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