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American Ambivalence

Few symbols have a meaning to the American people as profound as that of the Statue of Liberty. For generations, the colossus of New York harbor has stood as the enduring image of this country's willingness to open its doors to newcomers seeking a better life. The celebrations surrounding the 100th anniversary and restoration of the statue, to be held over the Fourth of July weekend, will be a paean to the 50 million immigrants who have arrived since 1820, and the immense contribution they have made to building a nation.

Yet, as Americans watch the New York celebrations on national television, many may discover other, more troubling images lurking in the back of their minds. They may remember photographs, taken through telescopic lenses, ...

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