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.

Broken but Golden

by Genevieve Oudens

Middle School



But watch, then, as she fliesThrough open doors.Golden are her feathers glisteningSerenely in the air.