Posters For Classrooms

A Statue for Our Harbor (1881)

From "The Wasp", one of George Frederick Keller's two most famous images. The dirt is in the details: The rats scurrying about the statue's pedestal; the junks; the "Chinese" moon; the opium pipe; and the beams of light emanating from the statue's head, labeled "Ruin to White Labor;" "Diseases;" "Immorality;" and "Filth." The real Statue of Liberty, with its somewhat more upbeat view of immigrants, was still three years from completion at this point.

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