Empathy in action; Emma Lazarus

Sometime around 1636 Emma Lazarus ancestors fled Portugal for Recife Brazil. In September 1654, her great-great-great grandfather fled Brazil for New Amsterdam in America. The inquisition had arrived in  Brazil. (the red dotted line shows Portugal to Brazil, Brazil to New Amsterdam)

Emma Lazarus wrote the poem at the base of the Statue of Liberty. It was 1883, and terrible pogroms forced emigration from the Pale of Settlement in Eastern Europe. (The blue dotted line)

"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-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

Today, West 10th Street in New York City does not look different from when Emma Lazarus lived there. But today our conversation in America around immigration is fraught. Is there a way to look at the data and understand where we are?

This is a animated map with the historic data of immigration to the US. Scroll down to see the graphs of the waves of immigration over time, and for the authors explanation of how the amount of immigrants is relative to US population. Here is a graph of where New Yorkers come from. Thank you Metrocosm for making these maps and graphs.

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