The Statue of Liberty

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The Statue of Liberty stands in the New York Harbor and has greeted many immigrants into Ellis Island. At the time, Lady Liberty was letting them know that their journey to find freedom, democracy, and a better way of life, was officially over. The Statue of Liberty is very important to many Americans because of what it represents. (Statue of Liberty National Monument)(Immigration) In 1865, Edvouvard de Laboulaye, of France, thought of the idea to build the Statue of Liberty while he was on a visit to New York. He commissioned Frederick-Auguste Bartholdi to design the statue. Barthholdi needed someone with experience with building the outer skeletons of statues, so he asked for the assistance of Alexandre Gustave Eiffel. While designing Liberty the two sculptors kept a few things in mind of how they wanted it to look. The first idea came from an artist’s sketch in the 1870’s that revealed how a statue (not Liberty) rose over the roof tops of Paris. They also knew they were putting it in the New York Harbor for a reason and that was so it would always have an audience and could greet immigrants into America. Bartholdi’s mother and girlfriend were the models for how the arms and body were portrayed, and at the bottom of Lady Liberty are chains of tyranny which represent a women’s escape for freedom. (Statue of Liberty National Monument) (Statue of Liberty History) (Statue of Liberty) (Immigration) The Statue of Liberty was a gift from France for a number of reasons. First it represented the two countries friendship and close bond during the American Revolution. It was also recognition of the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. The last reason why America got Lady Liberty from France was because E... ... middle of paper ... ...f thousands of spectators, and the ceremony of dedication took place. (The Statue of Liberty) (Immigration) Throughout the years Lady Liberty has grown to represent a promise of freedom and democracy. She has also held a patriotic place in many Americans hearts. Lady Liberty’s robe, crown, and etc. have some symbolisms of their own. Here are some: The spikes on her crown represent the seven seas and continents of the world. The twenty-five windows on her crown symbolize gemstones that were found on earth, and the heavens rays shining over God’s people. Lady Liberty holds a tablet in her hand which is written in Roman Numerals and reads, “July 4, 1776,” date the Declaration of Independence was signed. Her flaming torch, flowing robe, and great posture gave Americans great pride in themselves and a mascot that displays power, wealth, and freedom of a great nation.

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