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Introduction The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island have been standing side by side in New Yorks harbor for over a century illus1 In 1886 Liberty was unveiled on Bedloes Island which is called Liberty Is-land today and six years later at a time when immigration from Europe was steadily rising the first federal landing depot for immi-grants in the United States was opened on Ellis Island Together these two landmarks express an essential characteristically American theme the search for freedom from political and social oppression In this analytical essay I will try to examine how these two nation-al landmarks express or reinforce social divisions through their different symbolic meanings and the long struggled history behind them The investigation of the history of each landmark will be presented separately This is because even though today the two share a common theme the nineteenth-century ideas that brought them into being were actually almost completely unrelated The Statue of Liberty was in fact an expression of romantic idealism commemo-rating a glorious past Ellis Island on the other hand was just an attempt to deal with a world wide migration that was bringing hun-dreds of thousands of people to America every year A Statue of Liberty Today the Statue of Liberty has became a revered and powerful symbol not just of an abstract ideal but actually of America itself illus2 Located dramatically near the center of New York Bay it attracts more than two million visitors to its tiny island each year Throughout the past century generations of Americans have reinterpreted her significance adapting her image to represent the new concerns and philosophies of each succeeding age However the special symbolic meaning of Liberty for both Americans and immigrants to the United States has remained the same from the statues unvei-ling to today Yet the creation of Liberty was not all romance glamour and patriotism Indeed her birth
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