Give me your tired, your poor; Your huddled
masses yearning to breathe free . . . .
The enormous disparity between the eloquent promise of the Statue
of Liberty and the ongoing attacks against immigrants is enormous. Immigration
to the United States varies broadly-who comes, why, from where, and when
is emphasized in posters that speak to contemporary efforts to make immigrants'
reality closer to Emma Lazarus's aspiration. Yet from the Irish and Chinese
in the nineteenth century to the Mexicans and Haitians of the twenty-first century, discrimination based on race, class, language, and culture has
unfortunately been consistent. Whether the reason for migration is to
escape war, seek asylum from persecution, or pursue better economic opportunities,
leaving one's family, friends, and home is never easy, and these posters
present the human side of this wrenching experience.
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