Come to the Statue of Liberty!

And Ellis Island

Overview

The Statue of Liberty is one of the most famous landmarks in the world. Many people see it as a symbol of hope and freedom. Designed by Frederic Auguste Bartholdi and built by Gustave Eiffel, the Statue of Liberty was dedicated on October 28, 1886. It was a gift from the French to the Americans after the Union won the Civil War against the Confederates. The Statue of Liberty represents the Roman goddess Libertas, and she bears a torch, a tablet of the law, and broken chains at her feet. Bartholdi wanted to raise a monument towards the Union's victory in the Civil War and the end of slavery in the U.S. The pieces of the statue were built in France, shipped to America in boxes, and assembled by them. It is located in Liberty Island Manhattan, New York City, New York.

The Statue of Liberty

Symbolism

The Statue of Liberty is one of the most well known symbols of freedom around the entire world. It inspires many immigrants coming to the U.S, and it reminds them about the freedoms and rights of America. It is also a symbol of the friendship of France and the U.S. and the mutual hope for life, liberty, and happiness. It gives hope to all immigrants wishing for a better life in America. It represents the entire United States and the ideas it holds.

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Ellis Island

Overview

Ellis Island is located in the Port of New York and New Jersey and Upper New York Bay and is owned by the U.S government. From 1892 to 1954, it was the busiest immigrant inspection station taking in millions of people. Ellis Island is home to an immigrant museum called Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration. It is part of the Statue of Liberty National Monument and is considered in New Jersey. The South side of Ellis island is the Ellis Island Immigrant Hospital. Most of the island is closed to the public.

Ellis Island

Symbolism

When this island was opened in 1892, many immigrants called "New" Immigrants were making their ways to America in search of freedom, hope, and wealth in a new land. They came by boat to New York through Ellis Island. Immigrants waited in the lines of Ellis Island to be determined to enter into the U.S. During the highest peak of flooding of immigrants into Ellis Island, 5,000-10,000 people came through it each day. Today, 40% of all citizens in the United States can trace at least one ancestor to Ellis Island.