November 2: The New Colossus
On this date in 1883, Emma Lazarus wrote the sonnet, “The New Colossus.” Its lines appear on a bronze plaque in the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty in 1912. The sonnet was solicited by William Maxwell Evarts as a donation to an auction, conducted by the “Art Loan Fund Exhibition in Aid of the Bartholdi Pedestal Fund for the Statue of Liberty” to raise funds to build the pedestal. Listen to her poem on Lit2Go.
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