Also in this playlist...
This transcript is automatically generated
All right well we are back reported -- break we asked you.
How -- is hopping in the proper -- on the statue of liberty you may think.
Twice about climbing the stairs when he hear about this okay but it is only the shell the outer shell is only as that.
As two pennies -- together so you look at that it looks like this hard copper green shell that surrounds her.
It is really you know it started out to be -- Capri -- then it turned green of course an oxidation is exposed to look here over the years.
It is about 22 stories high statue of liberty the tallest structure.
In the Big Apple in Atlanta back -- 1880 sex.
So for more on all of this that fascinating history what -- -- -- Marino who has a great job.
He's -- the Ellis Island immigration museum and you really are the foremost.
Scholar and on the statue of liberty because you've been covering this statue and working this 1988 -- You just talking everybody knows that it came from -- that it was a gift from France but tell us who in Brett.
Well it came from I'm actually an organization of the Franco American union led by a professor.
-- that would allow -- and level lay was very enthusiastic about the United States was so impressed that -- had managed to.
Remains stable and free and independent.
With a Republican government and not have to depend on king's.
Is traditionally everywhere in Europe in the old world had to have -- -- to ensure safety for the people.
But America have managed to have this huge country and it continually look enlarging the nation.
And yet wasn't it to the civil war that.
Live audio of the fight over slavery and the prime the end of slavery that that was the kind of blemish that was the only real blemish obvious -- -- but then.
Lava -- thought.
It was really important for France and America to get back together and become -- -- game because.
They had been friends -- the American revolution the French had played a key role in helping America win freedom and then.
The French adventurer in Mexico and 1860s you know they overthrew the government there and -- -- mentioned the did the slavery issue and she's standing on the chains of slavery.
Right yes the statues is that originated the goddess of liberty you know from ancient Roman times he was worshipped by the Italians as a goddess you know Italian freed slaves actually.
And then America had the slave problem in the nineteenth century so there is a tie and it wasn't the main reason though the statue was belt primaries -- -- to to celebrate the -- of America and America's.
And you pointed out to me that the meaning of the statue has changed so dramatically over the course of the years initially it was this friendship between the United States and -- But that it's -- had two major evolution.
We began we were having immigrant immigrants coming -- the thousands every week through New York Harbor mostly from Europe at this time.
And Ellis Island receive these immigrants -- garden did and so this phenomenon created a huge.
Foreigners reaction to the goddess of liberty standing waiting to receive them they thought.
And so Emma Lazarus a poet wrote a poem on the new colossus -- -- celebrating her as the mother of exiles so.
This kind of changed what was it originally intended for the statue.
And then it gave a new another meeting develop America's nationalism.
That the the -- -- a patriotic symbol for the country.
In -- gradually she ceased to be merely a French president and -- -- -- -- all American you know national symbol.
And -- war one was that really counts that transitional point.
It's it's a fascinating story and thank you so much for bringing us more detail about the whole relationship -- France.
And the different meanings of lady liberty over the years she says a -- if you do a lot like a lot of women in America and -- thank you very much -- -- -- very good to have -- -- -- --
Filter by section