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The tallest metal statue ever constructed, and, at the time it was completed, the tallest building in New York, the Statue of Liberty stands twenty-two stories high. It stands 151 feet high and weighs 225 tons. Its arms are 42 long and its torch is 21 feet in length. Its index fingers are eight feet long and it has a 4-foot 6-inch nose. For people all around the world, the statue symbolizes American freedom, hope, and opportunity. The statue was originally proposed by French historian Edouard de Laboulaye, a prominent French abolitionist,...
After the Civil War, the United States government commissioned several surveys of the American West. Photography was widely used to document the region's unusual geography, and it was this visual evidence that spurred Congress to create the national park system.
All images are from the Gilder Lehrman Collection.
Edward L. Ayers speaks about the idea of memory and its relationship to American history.