The Statue of Liberty

The Statue of Liberty (1985) chronicles the development of the monument – from its conception, to its complicated and often controversial construction, to its final dedication – and offers interviews with a wide range of Americans to explore the meaning of the statue.

  • Images of "Lady Liberty" | Ken Burns: The Statue of Liberty

    View a variety of images of the Statue of Liberty, a copper statue that stands on Liberty Island in the New York City Harbor. It serves as an enduring symbol of freedom, of those who have come before us, those “who have cared immensely to the depth of their soul to achieve liberty,” explained historian David McCullough. The statue was a gift from France, designed by Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi and built by Gustave Eiffel. It was dedicated on October 28, 1886. Liberty holds a torch high above her head and carries a tablet with the date of the Declaration of Independence on it: July 4, 1776.

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