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The Statue of Liberty was unveiled at a ceremony attended by President Grover Cleveland on October 28, 1886. The New York Herald described the scene: ‘Amid the uproar and excitement that succeeded the consecration of the statue, there glided through the Narrows a huge steamship crowded with European immigrants. From her decks the eyes of the strangers were fixed upon the wonderful drama in progress before them. The cannon smoke and vapor rolled up, and ringed in a huge, fire-fringed semicircle, they saw before them the mighty figure of Liberty. Imagination can only conceive of what to their tired eyes, weary with the hardships, the hopelessness and the cruelties of the Old World, this apparition must have conveyed. -Michael Lind, Land of Promise: An Economic History of the United States
Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story or poem about a character coming into the US who sees the Statue of Liberty before making landfall.
Journaling Prompt: What does liberty mean to you?
Art Prompt: Statue of Liberty
Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Write about liberty and how the meaning has shifted over time.
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