Essay on The New Colossus

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“Give me your poor, your tired, 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!” -“The New Colossus”
Between 1880 and 1930, these words, written at the feet of the Statue of Liberty, greeted the 12 million people (approximately) who arrived at Ellis Island in pursuit of the opportunity to live in the United State and begin a new life. These people, known as immigrants, migrated to the United States in order to, escape war, to seek freedom from religious persecution, to acquire their own land, and to gain employment in order to escape poverty (Cunningham). The Industrial Revolution of the late 1800’s encouraged and attracted immigrants as businesses in the United States grew quickly. New technology and ideas helped develop large factories where many new goods were produced. As a result, it became vital to the growth of businesses to hire more workers. Immigrants were able to fill the labor demands of the new industrial order, thereby transforming this nation and demonstrating that “diversity and unity are a source of this nation’s strength” (Eldridge). Immigration to Ellis Island was suspended with the outbreak of World War I in 1914 and resumed briefly after the war, but ultimately ended with the passing of the Immigration Act of 1924, which,…

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