The Statue of Liberty

Brad Rousse, 12 – 16 years

Today, the Statue of Liberty is one of America’s most important national icons. But when she was first conceived, most Americans wanted nothing to do with her. How was such a massive statue designed and built? How did Americans gradually open to hosting her? And how have perspectives of the statue change with the advent of mass media? Brad Rousse takes us through a brief history of the Statue of Liberty; her origins, her construction, and her life in New York Harbor, and shows how a vision of Franco-American friendship turned into one of the world’s most recognized and cherished symbols.