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Statue of Liberty History

            When someone is asked to pick a symbol for the freedom of America, probably one of the most common responses will be "The Statue of Liberty". Although almost every American citizen knows this monument, very little understand where it came from and why it was made. When asked who invented it, what year it was made, for what purpose, most people will stare at you and shrug their shoulders. However, some conventional research reveals a much deeper meaning of the statue "Liberty Enlightening the World" (the real name of the statue). .
             The idea for the statue was first conceived in 1865, at a small dinner part that was hosted by Edouard Rene Lefebvre de Laboulaye. Along with some friends, he discussed the closeness of America and France and how close the two nations were. The liberals views of that time were to establish a government very closely related to that of Americas consitution. Laboulaye then quoted, perhaps the entire reason for the construction of the S.o.L, that "Wouldn't it be wonderful if people in France gave the United States a great monument as a lasting memorial to independence and thereby showed that the French government was also dedicated to the idea of human liberty?" Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi was present at the party, and being a 31 year old scultpor, the idea made a lasting impression in his mind. This was the beginning of what would eventually be one of the most famous statues in the world. .
             Bartholdi was born on August 2nd, 1834. Since his father died when he was a baby, he was raised by his mother Charlotte. He first started out his career as a painter, but it was his skill in sculptoring that would make him famous. Bartholdi was inspired by a popular art form of his day: incredibly large public sculptings. When he visited Egypt, Bartholdi met someone who was to become a great friend for the rest of his life. Count Ferdinand-Marie de Lesseps was this man, and he had idea's and dreams as large as those of Bartholdi's.

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