The Statue Of Liberty In Walt Whitman's Poem America

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“Centre of equal daughters, equal sons,/ All, all alike endear’d, grown, ungrown, young or old,/ Strong, ample, fair, enduring, capable, rich,/ Perennial with Earth, with Freedom,/ Law and Love,/ A grand, sane, towering, seated Mother,/ Chair’d in the adamant of Time,” wrote Walt Whitman in “America.” Walt Whitman’s poem, “America”, is an inspirational poem about the United States. The inspirational topic of this poem is an important U.S. symbol called the Statue of Liberty. This statue, located in New York Harbor, represents freedom in many different forms.
The Statue of Liberty was a gift from France, given to celebrate a century-long friendship between France and the U.S., and the ideals of freedom they share. The Statue of Liberty is a large statue of a woman holding a tablet in one hand and a flaming torch raised to the sky. On the Statue of Liberty’s feet,
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The small island that was chosen, is just south of Ellis Island, off the coast of New York. This island was named Liberty island, and has about 12 acres of land. Since both the French and the United States were working on this project, both countries had to work hard to fund it. In the United States, benefit theatrical events, art auctions, and prize fights were held to raise the needed finances. In order to fund the statue's construction, France collected public fees and donations. The first piece completed was Lady Liberty’s torch, which was used to promote even more donations for the project.
Financing for the pedestal was finished in August 1885 and construction for the pedestal was completed in April 1886. The Statue of Liberty was finished in France in July 1884, but arrived at New York Harbor in June 1885. The parts were brought to the United States on board the French frigate "Isere." On board the “Isere”, the statue was separated 350 pieces and packed into 214 separate