The Statue of Liberty,
a Symbol of Democracy
By Roxane Breard
Posted on Thursday, April 12, 2018 at 10:52 PM PDT
When we think about America, we think about The Statue of Liberty as an iconic symbol. The original name of this statue is La liberté éclairant le monde, which is French for Liberty Enlightening the World. You can find this sculpture on the Liberty Island in New York City. This statue is not a common one, it has its own significant story. The Statue of Liberty was designed by French sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi and built by Gustave Eiffel, who is world famous for the Eiffel Tower in Paris. The goal of Auguste Bartholdi was to create a recognizable symbol of democracy and freedom in years after America fought the Civil War. The Statue of Liberty is a gift from France. It was dedicated on October 28, 1886.
This statue represents liberty and is a real symbol of democracy. It is made of a robed woman who has a torch in her right hand, above her head, and a tablet on her left hand. On this tablet is written the date of the Declaration of Independence of the United States of America. You can also see a broken chain at her feet which is full of meaning. According to USA Today, the shackles represent America breaking the chains of tyranny and accepting democracy as a viable form of government. It is a real representation of a turning point in the history of America.
This icon of freedom was here to welcome the immigrants arriving from abroad and is nowadays part of National Monuments. This is one of the most famous recognized symbols of the U.S. and it welcomes millions of visitors every year. These visitors brave hours of line, even under bad and cold weather, to take the ferry and go on the island to take a picture with this famous lady. When is your turn?