This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

The Statue Of Liberty Essay

2234 words - 9 pages



Statue of Liberty

When someone is asked to pick a symbol for the freedom of America, probably one of the most common responses will be "The Statue of Liberty". Although almost every American citizen knows this monument, very little understand where it came from and why it was made. When asked who invented it, what year it was made, for what purpose, most people will stare at you and shrug their shoulders. Today Americans refer to the statue as "Lady Liberty" or the "Statue of Liberty". The statue's birth name was given by Frederick Auguste Bartholdi and is "La liberte e'clairant le monde" or "Liberty Enlightening the World". The statue ...view middle of the document...

The sculptor Frederic Auguste Bartholdi, born in Alsace, France, asked to build the statue. Bartholdi created many monumental sculptures but his most famous work was the Statue of Liberty. He wanted to make a lighthouse like a "torch-bearing woman". The model for the Statue of Liberty's face was the sculptor Bartholdi's mother. The architect of the pedestal was Richard Morris Hunt in 1877. The Lime of Cement for the pedestal was from Widow Jane Mine in New York and the structural engineer was Gustave Eiffel. The statue was constructed of copper sheets that were made by framework of steel supports made by Violiet-le-Duc and Alexandre-Gustave Eiffel. There was no government aid involved only thousands of Frenchmen. France had public fees, entertainment, and lotteries to raise funds to donate privately to pay for the statue. The United States had benefit theatrical events, art exhibitions, and prize fights to raise money. The U.S. paid to construct the pedestal on Bedloe's Island by using ads in the New York World. However the fund raisings went very slow so Joseph Pulitzer opened the editorial pages of his newspaper, "The World”. Pulitzer used the newspaper to criticize the rich that would give up their money and the middle class to depend on the higher class to pay for the funds. His plan worked and Americans started donating more money to build the pedestal. The United States used one hundred thousand nickels and dimes to build the pedestal. The costs of the statue construction in September 1986 was seventy-five million dollars. Bartholdi made the statue in more than a decade and it was all copper. The statue was completed in 1885 and it weighed two hundred and twenty-five tons when it was shipped to the United States. "Streamed the people; convergent rivers of life hurrying and sweeping through a thousand channels to the path of the pageant" quoted the New York Times in the celebration of the Statue of Liberty. In June 1885, the transport ship was French frigate “Isere”. While in Paris, the statue had to be taken apart to be shipped to New York. The number of pieces when the statue was taken apart was three hundred and fifty shipped to the U.S. and two hundred and fourteen crates were required. The statue was placed on a granite pedestal from Leete's Island in Connecticut, inside of the courtyard of a "star-shaped wall" of Fort Wood. The statue's operation was under control of the United States Lighthouse Board until 1901. After that the statue was under the War Department. The Presidential Proclamation declared Fort Wood and the Statue of Liberty a National Monument on October 15, 1924. On May 11, 1965, Ellis Island became part of the National Monument along with the statue. It was presented to America by the people of France on July 4, 1884. The statue is on Liberty Island, formerly Bedloe's island and Fort Wood was fortress for protection of New York Harbor in 1811. After being shipped to the U.S., it went to New York Harbor on October 28,...

Other Papers Like The Statue of Liberty

John Stuart Mill: On Liberty The Nature And Limits Of The Power Which Can Be Legitimately Exercised By Society Over The Individual

1553 words - 7 pages Liberty for John Stuart Mill is defined as "the nature and limits of the power of which can be legitimately exercised by society over the individual". Mill argues that society can only use authority over behaviour that harms others; anything else is an end of human freedom. He links liberty to the ability to progress and to avoid social inactivity. Free discourse is a necessary condition for intellectual and social progress. The only time humans

A History of Immigration Essay

939 words - 4 pages really decreased the amount of Chinese immigrants in the United States at the time. Before the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965, U.S. relations with Chinese immigrants were not very strong. After that law was passed, Chinese immigration greatly increased, with the number of immigrants going from “299,000 in 1980 to 536,000 in 1990”. The Statue of Liberty “is an icon of freedom and opportunity for immigrants to the U.S.” (Sanfilippo). The

semiotic analysis

1039 words - 5 pages it acts as a conceptual map of meaning by which to make sense of the world. It becomes a myth constituted with universal ideological truths (Barker, 2008, p.79). At its first level of interpretation image three (see appendix) denotes New York City. However, the typical setting has been manipulated as the Statue of Liberty has been reposition into the forefront and changed in its shape and form - an effect of looking through the Smirnoff

Pa205: Introduction To Legal Analysis And Writing

1008 words - 5 pages PA205: Introduction to Legal Analysis and Writing Prof. Wendi Cline Kaplan University November 13, 2014 By, Heather Leigh Bradley 1. The case study references one state statute. Identify it and explain what it prohibits. “The case study of State vs. Johnson references one specific state statue, 42.09(a)(3) of the Texas Penal Code, Desecration of a Venerated Object. A person commits an offense if he/she

American Flag

925 words - 4 pages enduring hope, like the famous Bartholdi Statue of Liberty enlightening the World to the oppressed of all lands. It floats over a wondrous assemblage of people from every racial stock of the earth whose united hearts constitute an indivisible and invincible force for the defense and succor of the downtrodden. It embodies the essence of patriotism. Its spirit is the spirit of the American nation. Its history is the history of the American people

Images Of Alexander

1858 words - 8 pages bore his name, while Ptolemy even went so far as to steal Alexander's body in order to strengthen his claims to power. In the second century AD, as the Roman empire extended into northern Africa and Asia, much as Alexander's had done, the trend continued. Examining the sculptures of Alexander with Lance and the Statue of Emperor Trajan in the Sackler Museum, one can surmise the legitimacy to rule Trajan claimed by incorporating the Hellenistic

“Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor,”

1429 words - 6 pages this country's immigrants first saw as they came into the harbor of New York. The inscription on the Statue of Liberty has been this country's beacon of hope for all immigrants since 1886. "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. I lift my lamp beside the golden door" ("The Statue of Liberty"). This country needs to

Positive And Negative Liberty

394 words - 2 pages Distinguish between negative freedom and positive freedom, and explain the significance to the state.{15} Negative liberty is the absence of obstacles, barriers or constraints. One has negative liberty to the extent that actions are available to one in this negative sense. Positive liberty is the possibility of acting — or the fact of acting — in such a way as to take control of one's life and realize one's fundamental purposes. While

Politics Positive And Negative Freedom

379 words - 2 pages Negative liberty is the absence of obstacles, barriers or constraints. One has negative liberty to the extent that actions are available to one in this negative sense. Positive liberty is the possibility of acting — or the fact of acting — in such a way as to take control of one's life and realize one's fundamental purposes. While negative liberty is usually attributed to individual agents, positive liberty is sometimes attributed to

Bus 415: State of Confusion Paper

1321 words - 6 pages Running head: TANYA TRUCKER VS THE STATE OF CONFUSION Leonard C. Anderson, Sr. BUS 415 Professor: Frank Poe February 26, 2012 University of Phoenix TANYA TRUCKER VS THE STATE OF CONFUSION 2 Introduction Tanya Trucker has decided to file a suit against the state of Confusion to overturn a statue that the state enacted that required all trucks

Freedom Does Not Mean Licence but the Wisdom to Choose What Is Right for One Self

618 words - 3 pages Freedom From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Look up freedom in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. Contents [hide] 1 People 2 Computing 3 Construction 4 Geography 5 Law 6 Mass media 6.1 Animation 6.2 Books 6.3 Film and television 6.4 Music 6.4.1 Albums 6.4.2 Songs 6.5 Press 7 Mathematics and physics 8 Sculpture 9 Sports 10 See also Freedom as a philosophical concept may refer to: Liberty Free will Types of freedom include

Related Essays

The Statue Of Liberty Essay

1632 words - 7 pages The Statue of Liberty The Statue of Liberty Enlightening the World, more commonly known as the Statue of Liberty, was dedicated on October 28, 1886 and was a gift to the United Stated from France. It is a monument to American independence given in honor of "the Alliance of the two Nations in achieving the Independence of the United States of America and attests their abiding friendship." The Statue of Liberty resides outside of Manhattan in

Circle Of Kwoledge And The Statue Of Liberty

954 words - 4 pages For my opus I have decided to compare and contrast two unequivocal three dimensional statues: our treasured “Circle of Knowledge” and the famous “Statue of Liberty”. First we have the “Circle of Knowledge” which is located on the Mandeville campus of Northern Caribbean University (NCU), Jamaica. Presented as a gift from the graduating class of 2002 this towering 2.44meters statue, of a male and female student, was sculpted by Jamaica’s own

The Great Writ Of Liberty Essay

1902 words - 8 pages The Great Writ of Liberty POL201: American National Government November 24, 2013 The Great Writ of Liberty Can you imagine what the United States would be like without the Writ of Habeas Corpus? Well, the “Bill of Rights” which is the first ten amendments in the United States Constitution would be stripped away and our nation would crumble. The Bill of Rights protects the American people and their civil liberties against the

Violation Of Sec Rule 10 B 5 Of The Federal Statue

1473 words - 6 pages Memorandum To: Reader From: Date: July 11, 2014 Re: Violation of SEC Rule 10-b-5 of the Federal statue Summary Aquaman is president of a marine research company called "Underwater Leagues, Inc." On April 1, the research director of Underwater Leagues tells Aquaman that they've come up with "Oxygum," a means of breathing underwater by chewing a special kind of gum. Aquaman knows a great product when he hears it. He delays announcing