Introduction

From Enlightening the World: The Creation of the Statue of Liberty, book about the design and construction of the Statue of Liberty

from Enlightening the World: The Creation of the Statue of Liberty

The sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi at the foot of the statue, which was temporarily erected in Paris.

Chapter 1: The Idea

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from Enlightening The World: The Creation of the Statue of Liberty

 

It was in the months following the end of the American Civil War that Édouard Laboulaye, an ardent admirer of the United States, proposed the idea for a statue.

Chapter 2: A Champion of Liberty

From Enlightening the World: The Creation of the Statue of Liberty, book about the design and construction of the Statue of Liberty

from Enlightening the World: The Creation of the Statue of Liberty

“One is never cured of a yearning for freedom,” wrote Édouard Laboulaye.

Chapter 3: Bonds of Friendship

From Enlightening the World: The Creation of the Statue of Liberty, book about the design and construction of the Statue of Liberty

from Enlightening the World: The Creation of the Statue of Liberty

The Marquis de Lafayette, a hero of the American War for Independence, became a “connecting link” between the French and American people.

Chapter 4: The French Sculptor

From Enlightening the World: The Creation of the Statue of Liberty, book about the design and construction of the Statue of Liberty

from Enlightening the World: The Creation of the Statue of Liberty

The sculptor, Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, whose dedication turned the dream of a statue into a reality.

Chapter 5: Bartholdi’s Tour of America and the American Architect

From Enlightening the World: The Creation of the Statue of Liberty, book about the design and construction of the Statue of Liberty

from Enlightening the World: The Creation of the Statue of Liberty

Richard Morris Hunt, designer of the pedestal for the statue, was known among architects as the learned “dean of the profession.”

Chapter 6: Washington, D.C., as a National Symbol

Statue of Liberty, From Enlightening the World: The Creation of the Statue of Liberty, book about the design and construction of the Statue of Liberty

from Enlightening the World: The Creation of the Statue of Liberty

Liberty has always been a favored theme in the United States, as shown here in “Liberty and the Eagle” at the Capitol in Washington, D.C.

Chapter 7: Bartholdi’s Design

From Enlightening the World: The Creation of the Statue of Liberty, book about the design and construction of the Statue of Liberty

from Enlightening the World: The Creation of the Statue of Liberty

Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi’s 4-foot-high model, the basis for the record-breaking 151-foot-tall statue.

Chapter 8: The Statue Takes Shape

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from Enlightening the World: The Creation of the Statue of Liberty

Refining her left hand at full scale.

Chapter 9: The American Committee and the French Engineers

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from Enlightening the World: The Creation of the Statue of Liberty


Gustave Eiffel was responsible for the design of a freestanding truss tower of unprecedented height to support the statue.

Chapter 10: Hunt Designs a Pedestal

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from Enlightening the World: The Creation of the Statue of Liberty


The pedestal features a porch, or “loggia.” Could it recall the porch where George Washington was inaugurated the nation’s first president, and his inaugural address, in which he referred to the “sacred fire of liberty . . . entrusted to the hands of the American people”?

Chapter 11: Fundraising and a Visionary Sonnet

From Enlightening the World: The Creation of the Statue of Liberty, book about the design and construction of the Statue of Liberty

from Enlightening the World: The Creation of the Statue of Liberty

As preparations for the statue continued at Bedloe’s Island, the statue was officially presented to the United States in Paris on July 4, 1884.

Chapter 12: The Unveiling

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from Enlightening the World: The Creation of the Statue of Liberty


Twenty one years after Édouard Laboulaye first suggested a monument to liberty, Liberty Enlightening the World was unveiled in New York Harbor on October 28, 1886.

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