1. Introduction

Do you know who wrote these words:

“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
DOOR.”

Yes….It was Emma Lazarus; little know except for this poem which is called “The
New Colossus”.

While she lived in the late 1880’s she was a well known, socialite, advocate, and
activist.

A WRITER: because of her many poems and articles;

A SOCIALITE: because she came from a wealthy family and mixed with the other
well-to-do and the famous. (Her father was a rich sugar merchant.)

AN ADVOCATE: because when she saw things that were not good…she was
outspoken…and wrote about them to expose this harmful behavior.

And finally AN ACTIVIST: because not only would she write about the objectionable
behavior, she personally made the effort to bring about a change.