Liberty's Voice: The Story of Emma Lazarus
A top selected or recommended title by the Kansas State Reading Circle Commission.
Author: Erica Silverman
Subject/Category: Gr. 3-5
Year Reviewed:: 2012
Review: Emma Lazarus was born into wealth and privilege. However, the notions of 1849, her birth year, were that girls did not study, (it made them ill,) but her father hired tutors and educated Emma, who was gifted with the power of words in poetry. After she traveled and witnessed the misery, hatred, and violence that Jews in Russia were enduring, she realized how thankful she was for the peace and freedom of the USA. She turned her talents for poetry into a tribute to The New Colossus, Lady Liberty, the poem which is etched into the base of the Statue of Liberty today.