“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”
-Emma Lazarus (inscription on the Statue of Liberty)
“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”
-Jesus Christ (Matthew 11:28)
America truly is
the promised land.
The cultural freedom of the Renaissance and religious freedom of the Reformation underscored the strong sense of personal freedom espoused in the Enlightenment to provide the ideal attitudes and environments for the beginning of this America, this “first new nation.”