The Statue of Liberty has long been a symbol of freedom and hope to people all over the world, but have you ever wondered where she came from? France has often been called “America’s oldest ally.” France helped America during the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812. American troops helped defend France during World War I and II. The French built “Lady Liberty” as a gift to America.
Poet Emma Lazarus wrote the poem, “The New Colossus,” about America and the Statue of Liberty:
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-tost, to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!
Frequently Asked Questions
Question: Did women attend the dedication?
Answer: At this time, women weren’t always allowed at public gatherings. Only two or three women were invited to the dedication. But a group of angry women rented a boat and sailed to the island. They said that the statue was a woman, yet if she was alive, she wouldn’t be allowed to vote or have many other liberties.
Visit the Liberty Ellis Foundation to learn more about the statue of liberty.
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