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  • She Was Never About Those Huddled Masses, by Roberto Suro, Washington Post, July 5, 2009

    In this op-ed about the "Statue of Liberty" [see our Myths & Facts page for an explanation of the quotation marks], Roberto Suro gets back to basics, saying:

    "Let's get rid of The Poem. I'm talking about 'Give me your tired, your poor . . . ' -- that poem, "The New Colossus" by Emma Lazarus, which sometimes seems to define us as a nation even more than Lady Liberty herself."

    Interestingly, author Suro, now a professor at the University of Southern California, was the founding director of the Pew Hispanic Center. Read the rest of his historically-grounded op-ed!