A Mighty Woman with a Torch

Has the Statue of Liberty become a generic symbol? Is that green monument a mere attention grabber for a place to file your taxes?

Let Ken Burns slowly zoom and pan your curiosity about a most lovely reminder of what this United States of America strives to be. He takes us through the design, approval, construction, transport, and assembly of this engineering marvel. Liberty was dedicated on October 28, 1886, and had a way of bringing the country together one penny at a time. One thing that made me step back in awe was how a foreign artist saw this essence eminating from this new country, this beacon, and was so enamored that he wanted a symbol to represent this feeling that himself and many others perceived. The title of this blog comes from a line in Emma Lazarus' poem. This poem helped raise money to build the pedestal on which the statue stands.

This one I found on DVD, but if you are interested in other Ken Burns films, be sure to check out Hoopla and Kanopy for many more insightful documentaries.