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The Statue of Liberty (True Books, American Symbols)

What I Learned Section 1 -- Answer the Following Questions:
1. In what year did the United States become a free and independent country?
1783. The United States became a free and independent country after winning the Revolutionary War against Great Britain. France helped the United States fight this war, and a strong friendship grew between the U.S. and France.

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2. Which country gave the Statue of Liberty to the United States?
France. Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi was a French sculptor, and he began working on the Statue of Liberty in 1876. Did you know his mother posed as a model for the Statue of Liberty's face?

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3. Where is the Statue of Liberty located?
On Bedloe's Island at the front of New York Harbor. During the War of 1812, Fort Wood was build on Bedloe's Island. This fort was constructed in the shape of a star, and it became the foundation for the base of the Statue of Liberty. Did you know the Statue of Liberty faces the ocean to welcome people as they arrive by ship?

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4. What does the broken chain at the feet of the Statue of Liberty represent?
America's newly won freedom from Great Britain. The Statue of Liberty also has a crown with seven spikes around her head, and some say these represent the seven continents and seven seas of the world.

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5. What does the Statue of Liberty hold in her right hand?
A torch. The Statue of Liberty holds the torch high in the air. This torch symbolizes she is "enlightening the world."

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6. What does the Statue of Liberty hold in her left hand?
A tablet. The birthday of the United States is written in Roman numerals on the tablet: July IV, MDCCLXXVI. This date is July 4, 1776. Here's how you figure out the year: M = 1,000; D = 500; C = 100; L = 50; X = 10; V=5; I = 1.

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7. When was the Statue of Liberty dedicated to the people of the United States?
October 28, 1886. There was a big celebration in New York City for the unveiling of the Statue of Liberty's face. President Grover Cleveland gave a speech at the ceremony. Large crowds watched from the streets and their boats as the French sculptor, Bartholdi, let down the French flag covering the Statue of Liberty's face.

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What I Learned Section 2 -- Define the following words:
Colossal: Huge
Enlighten: To inform
Immigrant: Person who leaves one country to settle in another
Independent: Self-governing; free
Scaffold: Temporary structure put up to support workers while they repair a sculpture or building
Tablet: Sheet of metal, wood, or stone with worlds or designs written on it

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Bonus Questions (Answer 1 of the Following Questions for Your FREE Bookmark):
a. Finish the poem, "Give me your tired, your poor…
"Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore;
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"
In 1883, Emma Lazarus, a young Jewish woman from New York City, wrote this poem called "The New Colossus." This poem is located on a plaque inside the Statue of Liberty's pedestal.

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b. How high is the Statue of Liberty from base to torch?
305 feet high. The Statue of Liberty is so big it had to be built in 300 sections. The first part to be built was the right arm and torch. This section went on display in Philadelphia in 1876, for the Centennial Exposition. Did you know the Statue of Liberty's index finger is 8 feet long and her mouth is 3 feet wide?

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c. Use five of the words in Section 2 in a sentence.
Answers will vary. Here are sample sentences from our young readers:

The Rocky Mountains are colossal.

I enlightened my brother that I got a raise in my allowance.

My great-great-great-grandparents were immigrants in the United States.

The United States is an independent country.

Scaffold surrounded the Jefferson Memorial when my family visited Washington, D.C.

The Statue of Liberty holds a tablet in her left hand.

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d. Have a parent or friend give you a spelling test with EACH of the words in Section 2.

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More Valuable Information about the Statue of Liberty:
Statue of Liberty National Monument
The Statue of Liberty Photo Tour
Liberty State Park
Ellis Island: American Family Immigration History Center

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