“Give me your tired, your poor,
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.”
These famous words come from Emma Lazarus’ sonnet, New Colossus, which she wrote to raise money for the pedestal upon which the Statue of Liberty now stands. Since October 28, 1886, Lady Liberty has greeted over twelve million immigrants and has symbolically welcomed countless more.
Throughout our history, many immigrants came to our great nation as young children. The Coming to America book series chronicles the stories of fictional ten-year-old children in realistic historical settings.
The author hopes his books will remind Americans that almost all of us can trace our family line back to a time when at least one of our ancestors came to this great land with the promise of hope. Few immigrants came with wealth and privilege; most came with empty pockets and big dreams. America was, and is, a land of great opportunity. Continue reading