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Enlightening the World: The Creation of the Statue of Liberty

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"Despite countless publications on New York harbor's Statue of Liberty, no previous study has detailed its complex history. Independent scholar Khan ably fills this gap with a lucid account connecting France's widespread grief over Abraham Lincoln's 1865 assassination with that country's own struggles to establish a lasting democracy. Khan shows how douard-Ren Lefebvre de Laboulaye, a legal scholar and celebrant of French-American friendship, led others to design and construct what was officially called Liberty Enlightening the World. Other principals included the distinguished sculptor Auguste Bartholdi; visionary engineer Gustave Eiffel; prominent architect Richard Morris Hunt; and powerful publisher and fund-raiser Joseph Pulitzer. Khan sketches their lives plus that of Emma Lazarus, whose famous sonnet was added to the statue's pedestal in 1903. Khan suggests that the statue's crown of rays may derive from Benjamin Franklin's image of a sun rising over the new republic and that the broken chain under Lady Liberty's foot symbolizes slavery's abolition after the Civil War. Also intriguing were denunciations by women and African-Americans alike of the opening-day ceremonies as exaggerating the nation's commitment to liberty for all An important book for general audiences. B&w photos." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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The State of Liberty has been a symbol of US democratic ideals since 1886. Based on extensive research including travels to France where Liberty Enlightening the World was created, an independent scholar chronicles the story behind its conception, construction, and gifting to the US in the wake of the Civil War. Khan showcases sculptor Auguste Bertholdi, engineer Gustave Eiffel, poet Emma Lazarus, and fundraiser/publisher Joseph Pulitzer, among the many individuals involved. The book features new details about Liberty's design and b&w images. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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ISBN:
9780801448515
Author:
Khan, Yasmin Sabina
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
Subject:
New York (N.Y.) - B
Subject:
Bartholdi, Frederic Auguste
Subject:
United States - State & Local - General
Subject:
United States - 19th Century
Subject:
Europe - France
Subject:
United States - State & Local - Middle Atlantic
Subject:
US History-19th Century
Publication Date:
20100131
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
231
Dimensions:
9.00x5.30x.90 in. .90 lbs.

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Despite countless publications on New York harbor's Statue of Liberty, no previous study has detailed its complex history. Independent scholar Khan ably fills this gap with a lucid account connecting France's widespread grief over Abraham Lincoln's 1865 assassination with that country's own struggles to establish a lasting democracy. Khan shows how douard-Ren Lefebvre de Laboulaye, a legal scholar and celebrant of French-American friendship, led others to design and construct what was officially called Liberty Enlightening the World. Other principals included the distinguished sculptor Auguste Bartholdi; visionary engineer Gustave Eiffel; prominent architect Richard Morris Hunt; and powerful publisher and fund-raiser Joseph Pulitzer. Khan sketches their lives plus that of Emma Lazarus, whose famous sonnet was added to the statue's pedestal in 1903. Khan suggests that the statue's crown of rays may derive from Benjamin Franklin's image of a sun rising over the new republic and that the broken chain under Lady Liberty's foot symbolizes slavery's abolition after the Civil War. Also intriguing were denunciations by women and African-Americans alike of the opening-day ceremonies as exaggerating the nation's commitment to liberty for all An important book for general audiences. B&w photos." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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