The Real Story Behind the Statue of Liberty

As long as we are tearing down and removing statues and monuments deemed harmful, there is another statue in dire need of our attention. This particular statue has arguably done far more damage to America and Americans than any other. The statue referred to here is the Statue of Liberty in New York harbor; the iconic monolith recognized all over the world. While many may be offended by this, it is important to look at the history of this statue.

The Statue Was Originally Destined for a Different Harbor

A French artist, Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi, designed the statue. He acquired his inspiration for the statue while visiting Nubian monuments at Abu Simbel. The statue was originally commissioned to stand at Port Said, in the harbor leading to the Suez Canal. The woman depicted in his artwork is that of an Egyptian peasant woman wrapped in robes. The original name of the statue was “Egypt Carrying the Light to Asia. By the time the canal was completed, Egypt was nearly bankrupt, and the King of Egypt determined the cost of the statue was too high.

These events all took place in the years leading up to 1865, during the American Civil War, and the years just preceding the French Revolution. Bartholdi, like many contemporary liberal artists, was not deterred from his mission of self-aggrandizement. Along with Edouard de Laboulaye, he devised a plan to pawn the statue off on America as a gift. So, he set sail for America to propagate the idea of the statue to the American people. Upon entering the New York Harbor, he picked out the perfect spot for the statue to be put on display: Bedloes Island, an oval-shaped island in the middle of the harbor.

Funding for the Statue Proved Difficult

Laboulaye and Bartholdi had to dupe the French people into to paying for construction of the statue before their plan could be implemented. It was considered inappropriate for the French government to fund such a thing, so the funds had to be raised from the private sector. School children, cities and small merchants all made donations. However, their donations were not enough. At every stage of the fundraising, Bartholdi was insulted by the lack of enthusiasm for the statue. Ultimately, the funds were raised when the head of the statue was placed on display in 1878, at the Paris Universal Exposition. Admission was charged to view the pieces as they were completed, and souvenirs were sold to help fund the project.

Likewise, Americans had to be charged with the task of paying for the base. Fundraising began in America in 1877. By 1884, only the paltry sum of  $125,000 had been raised, not nearly enough to build the base. Work began on the pedestal in 1883, with the statue due to arrive in 1885. To aid in the fundraising efforts, a poetry contest was instigated by newspaper editor Joseph Pulitzer for the "Art Loan Fund Exhibition in Aid of the Bartholdi Pedestal Fund for the Statue of Liberty.” Emma Lazarus, an adolescent Jewish girl born in 1849, to wealthy parents in NYC, who was sympathetic to events in Russia during that era, composed the winning entry, “The New Colossus.”

History Repeats Itself

Similar to our contemporary David Hogg, the Parkland student who emerged as an outspoken proponent of gun control, a teenager was allowed to take control of the Statue of Liberty’s message. This teenager, in effect, bastardized the original meaning of the statue, intended to represent liberty and commemorate the lasting friendship between France and the U.S. Instead, it became associated with immigration. If not for the poem,  it is doubtful that many people in the world would know much about that statue, certainly few people from third world countries. The poem is now exploited by the left when pushing their stance on US immigration policy. Much like today, the mainstream media, of the time, was complicit in creating the fake news and undermining the true meaning of the statue.

The Statue of Liberty could be considered a fraud perpetrated upon the American people by the same elements who are trying to destroy us today. Some may think that the statue needs to come down, towed out to sea and sunk in the deepest parts of the Atlantic. At the very least the plaque bearing the poem should be removed and replaced with a proper inscription that puts the statue into its proper historical context.

Ginger Marshall / Writer

I know first-hand how immigration mismanagement can change the face of an entire American city. I moved back to my hometown after several years living out of state, only to discover it more closely resembled a foreign country than my childhood home. I am more than ready for comprehensive immigration reform and to Make America Great Again!
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  1. A great and informative piece, clearly written by someone who knows the impact of unbridled foreign intrusion. But I would only add, that like the wave of new hope we're experiencing thanks to Donald Trump, we can enact the symbolism of the statue as some believe it is which is that we as a nation can be a safe haven for those truly in need. But we also need to let newcomers know that they're here to contribute and not take away.

  2. Very nice! History books are constantly being rewritten. Glad someone out there knows the truth!

  3. Man, I love articles that give real history with an actual thoughtful opinion. Great!

  4. keep up the good fight, many a mile to go in the war




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