Lady Liberty: An Illustrated History of America’s Most Storied Woman (New York Masterpieces, Revealed)
The Statue of Liberty, located on Bedloes Island (now renamed Liberty Island) prevails as the symbol of democratic idealism and as the icon of freedom for the throngs of immigrants who first view it as they enter New York harbor. In a series of essays, author Joan Marans Dim recalls the historic events associated with its appearance and subsequent influence. A gift from France, the Statue was designed by sculptor Frederic Bartholdi and structurally engineered by Eiffel. Its cost was covered by donations from both France and the reluctant United States. Woven here are the stories of the immigrants themselves, the power of the Emma Lazarus poem to illuminate the statue itself, the history of the evolving American nation, and sadly the too many immigration laws that catered to political interests. Antonio Masi’s artwork depicting the Statue, Ellis Island, and historical figures is indeed haunting, though actual photos of these sites would have complemented these illustrations well. Lady Liberty reminds us that we are all immigrants to this land usurped from its indigenous Native Americans, as Dim recalls the stories of Pulitzer, Roeblings, Fermi and all others. This thin-skinned copper lady has a strong inner skeleton to help her withstand the machinations of public opinion. Her story should resonate with all of us.
|Author||Joan Marans Dim, with illustrations by Antonio Masi|
|Page Count||104 pages|
|Publisher||Empire State Editions|
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