Emma Lazarus Project

The Emma Lazarus Project explores the story of Emma Lazarus, a fifth-generation American Jew caught in an important turning point in American and Jewish History. The initiative—including an exhibit, curriculum and poetry contest—uses primary sources straight from the archive to encourage students to piece together Emma’s fascinating story, and to join the ongoing conversation about American identity.

Becoming Next

by Sylvia Merrill

High School



In between blood-stained reds & tear-born blues is my  corpse, a body politic cleaved by white-picket fences & a dimming lamp  that guides me anywhere but home.