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This weekend is July 4th, and while it is a time to celebrate United States Independence Day safely, it is also a time to think about what freedom and freedom mean. The Statue of Liberty was a permanent national symbol to embody this very abstract idea.
"Liberty Enlightening the World" arrived at the port of New York on June 17, 1885 from his trip from France, which was broken down into 350 parts. It was the largest statue of the time and towered over the Statue of Liberty at Brooklyn Bridge and Trinity Church, symbolizing a message that the country is still striving for: freedom for all.
The statue rises 305 feet from its base to the torch and weighs 450,000 pounds. 88 tons of brass were used in its structure. The length of a hand is more than 16 feet, while your index finger measures exactly 8 feet. The colossal statue was a gift from France and an idea by French sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi to symbolize America's message of war for freedom.
The New Ulm Review in Minnesota reported: "Freedom that illuminates the world!" What an invaluable blessing for personal freedom. It is the shrine where people who are under the heel of tyranny in the older worlds worship with a passion that the Americans can hardly achieve. "
Freedom was still considered a controversial issue in the 19th century. It suggested violence and revolution to many people, but Bartholdi used classic images of a powerful, honorable national authority to overcome ideology.
The colossal statue was and is a symbol of independence for everyone, but it's an ideal that has seemed ironic and unreachable for centuries.
In an early model, Bartholdi showed Lady Liberty, who held broken chains in her hand, and referred to the emancipation of the slaves in 1863. In the final model, however, the chains were replaced by a plaque dated July 4, 1776, referring to the declaration of independence pointed out. Bartholdi then put the broken shackle and chains under Lady Liberty's feet – they are basically impossible for visitors to see in most angles. Although it assigned to the emancipation of slavery in the United States and symbolized an enlightened approach to freedom, the country is still trying to achieve freedom for everything it promotes.
Scroll down to see how the Statue of Liberty was built and built.
A model of the head of the Statue of Liberty, exhibited in the garden of the Champ de Mars at the Paris World's Fair in 1878. Construction of the project began in 1876, but the head was issued to raise funds to complete the project for the Lady Liberty building.Hulton-Deutsch Collection / CORBIS / Corbis / Getty Images
Artisans in Bartholdi's Paris warehouse built a full-size model of the left hand of the Statue of Liberty in 1882. Library of Congress / Corbis / VCG / Getty Images
A view of the base of the Statue of Liberty during its construction in Paris before it traveled to the United States, around 1883. The entire statue was completed and assembled in Paris between 1881 and 1884. Hulton Archive / Getty Images
View of the Statue of Liberty, surrounded by scaffolding during construction, from Rue de Chazelles in Paris, around 1884. Paul-Joseph-Victor Dargand / Frederic Lewis – Getty Images
The feet of the Statue of Liberty arrive on Bedloe's Island in 1885. The island was renamed Liberty Island in 1956. Universal History Archive / Universal Images Group via Getty Images
Construction on the base of the Statue of Liberty on Bedloe's Island. The United States was responsible for the construction and funding of the 89-foot stone base, while France focused on the statue itself and its transportation. Joseph Pulitzer, editor of The World in New York City, played an important role in convincing the American public to contribute to the project. National Park Service
During the inauguration of the statue on October 28, 1886, the Statue of Liberty was partially clouded by smoke from military and naval salutes. Library of Congress
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