Americas Rich History

When we speak of being an American, what do we really mean? What is it really that we hold true in our hearts as an American? Of course, when we speak of America, only 1 word comes into our mind – Power, simply because America is regarded as a superpower but is that what America is all about?&nbsp.
Among all the possible things that were mentioned above, there is only 1 thing that I can think of that truly symbolizes the Americans’ hopes and dreams and this is the Statue of Liberty. The Statue of Liberty captures the interest of people around the world both young and old. It gives an overwhelming feeling of awe and happiness whenever the statue is seen from the airplane. The Statue of Liberty was a gift of the people of France to the people of America in the year 1886, a magnificent symbol of their friendship because if it were not for the French army, ships, money, and men sent to the American colonies, America could not have won its freedom from the British during the American Revolution. Some Frenchmen, most notably the Marquis de Lafayette, a close friend of George Washington, even became high-ranking officers in the American army. It was an alliance of respect and friendship that the French would not forget. It also symbolizes America and France’s joint effort to complete this huge&nbsp.project – the pedestal by the Americans and the statue by France. Sculptor Frederic Auguste Bartholdi was assigned to design the sculpture and finish it in 1876 to commemorate the centennial of the American Declaration of Independence.&nbsp.
The plan did not go on smoothly as we initially thought.&nbsp. There was a problem with funding.&nbsp. Both France and America raised funds in their own ways.&nbsp. France raised the money needed for the construction through public fees, entertainment, and lottery as among the few of the methods used, while in America, there was even greater difficulty raising the funds as people were not that willing to donate. &nbsp.