Photographs From History That Weren’t In Textbooks

Liberty in the making

The iconic Statue of Liberty that immigrants saw on Ellis Island as they headed for the New York Harbor came as a gift from France. It was made and unveiled to coincide with the celebration of the centennial anniversary of the United States’ independence and to symbolize the friendship between the U.S. and France. Its construction was proposed by Edouard de Laboulaye. The French sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi. Here we see it as a work in progress in Paris with Gustav Eiffel bringing Bartholdi’s vision to life.

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