The History and Symbolism of the Statue of Liberty

TLDR The Statue of Liberty, a joint project between France and the United States, was designed to represent American liberty and democracy. It underwent repairs in the 1980s and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, symbolizing the welcoming of immigrants.

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00:00 The idea for the Statue of Liberty originated from a conversation between French historian Edouard de la Boulet and sculptor Frederick Bartoldi, and it was later developed into a symbol of democracy and independence for the United States.
02:12 The Statue of Liberty was intended to be 86 feet tall and located on Bedelos Island, and it was designed to embody the idea of American liberty and democracy through a female embodiment of liberty.
04:13 The Statue of Liberty was a joint project between France and the United States, with France building the statue itself and the United States providing the land and building the pedestal.
06:09 The Statue of Liberty was assembled in France and then shipped to New York, where construction of the pedestal and attachment of the copper exterior took place before it was dedicated in 1886.
08:08 The Statue of Liberty was originally copper colored, but turned green due to oxidation, and the oxidized layer actually protects the statue.
10:08 The Statue of Liberty underwent serious repairs in the 1980s, including the replacement of the original torch, and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984.
12:04 The poem "The New Colossus" by Emma Lazarus defines the Statue of Liberty and its message of welcoming immigrants.
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