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« on: November 18, 2008, 01:28:20 am »



Symbolism

The broken shackles lying at Lady Liberty's feet signify liberation from oppression and tyranny.  The USIA states that the seven spikes in the crown represent the seven seas and seven continents. As the statue's name indicates, the torch signifies enlightenment. The tablet in her hand shows the date of the nation's birth (July 4, 1776).

Since 1903, the statue has been associated with Emma Lazarus's poem "The New Colossus" and has acquired a new meaning as a symbol of welcome to immigrants.
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