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The Statue of Liberty: A Transatlantic Story (Icons of America)

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A universally recognized icon, the Statue of Liberty is perhaps the most beloved of all American symbols. Yet no one living in 1885, when the crated monument arrived in New York Harbor, could have foreseen the central place the Statue of Liberty would come to occupy in the American imagination. With the particular insights of a cultural historian and scholar of French history, Edward Berenson tells the little-known stories of the statueand#8217;s improbable beginnings, transatlantic connections, and the changing meanings it has held for each successive American generation.

Berenson begins with the French intellectuals who decided for their own domestic political reasons to pay monumental tribute to American liberty. Without any official backing, they designed the statue, announced the gift, and determined where it should go. The initial American response, not surprisingly, was less than enthusiastic, and the project had to overcome countless difficulties before the statue was at last unveiled to the public in New York Harbor in 1886. The trials of its inception and construction, however, are only half of the story. Berenson shows that the statueand#8217;s symbolically indistinct, neoclassical form has allowed Americans to interpret its meaning in diverse ways: as representing the emancipation of the slaves, Tocqueville's idea of orderly liberty, opportunity for "huddled masses," and, in the years since 9/11, the freedom and resilience of New York City and the United States in the face of terror.

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A stirring new history of Lady Liberty, from its creation in France to its renewed significance in the post-9/11 years

About the Author

Edward Berenson is professor of history, director of the Institute of French Studies, and director of the Center for International Research in Humanities and Social Sciences, New York University. His previous books include Heroes of Empire: Five Charismatic Men and the Conquest of Africa. He lives in Irvington, NY.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780300149500
Author:
Berenson, Edward
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series:
Icons of America
Publication Date:
20120531
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
38 b/w illus.
Pages:
248
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in

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