Talk:Emma Lazarus

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"winter of 1812"[edit]

The article currently says: "In the winter of 1812, multitudes of destitute Ashkenazy Jews emigrated from the Russian Pale of Settlement to New York; Lazarus taught technical education to help them become self-supporting." This is made all the more impressive by the fact that she would not be born for another 37 years.

I guess it's a typo, but as there's no reference, I don't know what the correct date is.

the bronze tablet[edit]

Actually, a half-hour of Googling has left me completely baffled as to just where the bronze tablet is located.

It's clear from that the tablet contains the whole sonnet, not just the closing lines. It says the plaque "was placed on the inner walls of the Statue's pedestal" in 1903.

A 1954 guidebook, available online at, says that the tablet is not inside the statue:

Entrance to the base of the statue is through the high walls of old Fort Wood, through what was originally the fort's principal sally port. Its doors are 4 inches thick. To the left of these heavy doors is a bronze tablet on which is inscribed the Emma Lazarus sonnet, The New Colossus, quoted on page 1. Of the many poems pertaining to the statue, this is the most widely known. It was written in 1883 for the Portfolio of the Art Loan Collection to aid the pedestal fund... seems to say it (or a plaque like it?) is now in Battery Park.

So... I don't know where the bronze tablet is.

Emma Lazarus and Benjamin Cardozo[edit]

It seems very unlikely that Benjamin Cardozo, b. 1870, was an uncle of Emma Lazarus, b. 1849. A more likely candidate is Benjamin's father Albert, b. 1818, also a judge.

According to Jonathan Sarna's "American Judaism," Lazarus was from "an aristocratic Jewish family of mixed Sephardic and Ashkenazic heritage." See p. 139. This would suggest that the text is incorrect in eliding reference to her Ashkenazic background.

Heinrich Eduard Jacob[edit]

See H. E. Jacob and Emma Lazarus by Wikipedia Germany: See H. E. Jacob by Wikipedia Germany:

Broken formatting[edit]

I don't have a Wikipedia account, but I couldn't help noticing that the formatting of the infobox is broken. I have no idea how to fix it, but it's showing raw code for the death date, and the death location is completely absent. I don't know if I should post this here either, but I don't know what else to do. Sorry if I've broken some rule.

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Trips to Europe[edit]

How did Emma Lazarus travel "5 times to Europe" when she died shortly after her second visit? 
Morganfitzp 04:54, 15 October 2007 (UTC)

feminist categories[edit]

The feminist categories attached to the article are wholly unsupported in the text. This is either inaccurate categorization, or, more likely given the brevity of the article, simply illustrative of deficiencies on the article. Anybody care to drop in some supporting language / cites on the feminism issue? -- Lquilter (talk) 02:13, 14 June 2012 (UTC)

The article also mentions the inclusion of her home on a map of Women's Rights Historic Sites without any connecting reference or explanation as to how she was related to the women's rights movement. Only her involvement with immigrant and Jewish/Zionist issues is mentioned in the body of the article. Likewise her links to American and Jewish Feminism are listed but not connected to anything in the article. 15:21, 22 July 2016 (UTC) — Preceding unsigned comment added by Venqax (talkcontribs)


This article mentions "The New Colossus" being her most famous work three times, and should be reorganized to prevent it from being redundant. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 20:02, 11 July 2012 (UTC)

Tempest-tost or tempest-tossed?[edit]

G'Day All — The New Colossus article says "Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me" and this article says "Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me". Hard to believe both are correct, quotation-wise, while both are correct spelling-wise. What is the real deal here? user:JMOprof ©¿©¬ 00:32, 19 November 2015 (UTC)