The Statue of Liberty for Kids: Famous World Landmarks for Children – FreeSchool

The Statue of Liberty for Kids: Famous World Landmarks for Children – FreeSchool


You’re watching FreeSchool! Located in New York Harbor, the Statue of
Liberty is one of the most recognizable landmarks in the world. But what is it doing there?
And where did it come from? Officially called ‘Liberty Enlightening the
World,’ the Statue of Liberty was a gift to America from the French in 1886 as a representation
of international friendship, but its story really began more than 20 years earlier in
1865 when Frenchman Edouard de Laboulaye proposed that France should create a monument for the
United States. It would be a long time before Laboulaye’s dream was realized: it wasn’t
until ten years later that the sculptor Auguste Bartholdi was commissioned to design the statue. The American people agreed to pay for the
pedestal for the statue to stand on, while the French people would fund the Statue of
Liberty itself, but raising enough money was difficult. The statue was completed in France
in 1884, almost ten years after it was commissioned, but the pedestal wasn’t finished for another
two years, in April of 1886. The statue was transported in 350 individual
pieces which were packed in 214 separate crates. Once the pedestal was completed, it took four
months to reassemble the statue. Finally, on October 28, 1886, President Grover Cleveland
dedicated the Statue of Liberty, an event celebrated by bands, parades, speeches, and
fireworks. The Statue of Liberty quickly became a famous
landmark. For many immigrants who came to the United States through New York, it was
their first sight of their new country. For others, it symbolized the idea of freedom
that America was built on. The statue depicts a woman in a robe, representing
Libertas, the Roman goddess of liberty. She has a crown on her head with seven points,
said to represent the seven seas or the seven continents of the Earth. She is holding a
stone tablet in one hand which reads July 4, 1776 in roman numerals, honoring the date
of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. In her other hand, she holds high a flaming
torch covered in gold leaf. The Statue of Liberty itself is covered in
a layer of copper less than 2 pennies thick. Originally, the statue was the same bright
copper color as a new penny, but after less than 20 years of standing out in the sun and
the rain the copper began to oxidize, turning her the green color we recognize today. The statue weighs 450,000 lbs or 225 tons,
and stands over 151 feet or 46 meters high, not including the pedestal she stands on.
With the pedestal, from the ground to the tip of the torch, the Statue of Liberty stands
as tall as a 22 story building! About 4 million people visit the Statue of
Liberty every year. Those who go inside it can see a poem by Emma Lazarus, written to
help raise money for the construction of the pedestal. It reads, in part: “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!” Now nearly 130 years old, the Statue of Liberty
has long been a symbol of hope and welcome to people seeking freedom and a new life in
America, as well as a symbol of the friendship between France and the United States. It is
now also a World Heritage Site, which means that it is considered so special and important
that it should be protected and preserved for people all around the world to enjoy. I hope you enjoyed learning about the Statue
of Liberty today. Goodbye till next time!

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31 Comments

  1. She has about 200 little sisters placed by the Boy Scouts in the 1905's around the country, maybe there is one near you? see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strengthen_the_Arm_of_Liberty

  2. at the first instead of saying your watching free school they should say you are watching free school WHICH IS THE WORST CHANNEL EVER MAKE SURE TO DISLIKE THE VIDEO AND DO NOT SUBSCRIBE

  3. This statue designed first to be placed at the entrance of Sues canal then the planes were changed

  4. Thank​ you​ so​ much great, great, great, great, great, Grandfather for​ creating the​ statue​ #ImInTheBartholdiFamily

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