The broken chains at the feet of the Statue of Liberty symbolize freedom and democracy. They also represent the end of slavery in America and the Union victory in the Civil War.Know More
The citizens of France gave "The Statue of Liberty Enlightening the World" to the United States, and the statue was dedicated in 1886. Edouard de Laboulaye was a French abolitionist who led the movement to send the gift. He was the president and co-founder of the French Anti-Slavery Society and wanted to honor the success of the abolitionist movement in America. Laboulaye hoped that these events would inspire the French to fight political oppression in their own country.
African Americans did not embrace the Statue of Liberty as a symbol of freedom because they were still discriminated against in American society. They saw the statue as ironic because they did not share the same freedoms as Caucasian Americans. The African-American historian and civil rights activist W.E.B Du Bois expressed in his autobiography that when he saw the statue, he did not feel the sense of hope that white immigrants got when they sailed by. It would take almost 100 years for African Americans to gain the same civil rights as Caucasian people.Learn more about Symbolism
The Statue of Liberty holds a golden torch in her right hand, representing enlightenment, and a tablet in her left hand. The tablet is engraved with the roman numerals for 1776, the year America was founded and the Declaration of Independence written.Full Answer >
The Statue of Liberty was actually built twice: first in France between 1881 and 1884 and then in the United States in 1886. The statue was a gift to the American people from the people of France.Full Answer >
The plaque at the base of the Statue of Liberty reads: "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!" These lines are from the poem "The New Colossus," written by Emma Lazarus in 1883. There is also a plaque with this same quote at the Statue of Liberty Museum.Full Answer >
The Statue of Liberty is inscribed with the poem "The New Colossus," written by Emma Lazarus in 1883. In 1903, the poem was engraved on a bronze plaque and placed inside the statue's pedestal. The poem was originally written to raise money for the construction of the statue's pedestal.Full Answer >