A History of Evolving Meaning in the Statue of Liberty

It has meant different things to different people at different times, which is part of its genius. Abolition In 1886, The Statue of Liberty was a symbol of democratic government and Enlightenment ideals as well as a celebration of the Union’s victory in the American Civil War and the abolition of slavery. Edouard de Laboulaye,[…]

The Design, Transport, and Construction of the Statue of Liberty, 1865-1886

French artisans and craftsmen began constructing the Statue in France under Auguste Bartholdi’s direction. The Early Stages In 1865, a French political intellectual and anti-slavery activist named Edouard de Laboulaye proposed that a statue representing liberty be built for the United States. This monument would honor the United States’ centennial of independence and the friendship[…]

A History of the Many Conflicting Identities of the Statue of Liberty

Eastern and Western, feminine and masculine, motherly yet ready for war, the sculpture holds a multitude of meanings. The Statue of Liberty’s creator, the Alsatian artist Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi, grew up in a world apart from the “huddled masses” who arrived in the New World, sailing toward her beacon. Born in 1834, into a rich and[…]