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Enlightening the World

The Creation of the Statue of Liberty

Yasmin Sabina Khan

Enlightening the World
Enlightening the World

Enlightening the World

The Creation of the Statue of Liberty

Yasmin Sabina Khan

Hardback / gebonden | Engels
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Omschrijving

Conceived in the aftermath of the American Civil War and the grief that swept France over the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, the Statue of Liberty has been a potent symbol of the nation's highest ideals since it was unveiled in 1886. Dramatically...



Based on research in U.S. and French archives, this vigorously written book focuses on the conception, design, construction, and installation of one of America's iconic symbols. Khan, an engineer herself, presents a linear account of the effort from 1865 to 1886 to memorialize French participation in the American Revolution, grief at President Lincoln's assassination, France's transition to democracy, and the universal cause of freedom. She supplements her narrative with frequent discussions of the meaning of liberty, the importance of classical design in 19th-century America, and the Franco-American connection from Lafayette to the Third Republic.... Rather than analyzing the later meanings of the statue, Khan's annotated book tells of its imaging and building in the context of its time. Her definitions of architectural and engineering methods will please the lay reader.



Despite countless publications on New York Harbor's Statue of Liberty, no previous study has detailed its complex history. Yasmin Sabina Khan ably fills this gap with a lucid account connecting France's widespread grief over Abraham Lincoln's 1865 assassination with that country's own struggles to establish a lasting democracy. An important book for general audiences.



Two decades ago, disturbing results of a survey indicated that French high-school students knew more than their American counterparts about the Statue of Liberty. This excellent account of the conception, design, and construction of The Lady can remedy that imbalance. Khan... begins by describing the political and cultural context in both the United States and France following the Civil War.... It is useful to be reminded that America was viewed as a beacon of progress and liberty to many French people a century ago. The concept of a monument to that liberty was promoted by a legal scholar, Édouard-René Lefébvre de Laboulaye, and Khan eloquently describes how the concept turned into reality over a span of twenty years. Along the way, she provides many fascinating vignettes and portraits of several of the key political and artistic personalities who contributed to the project. This is a beautifully written tribute to a great monument and to those who made its creation possible.



While countless books have examined the imposing iron frame and copper skin monument that towers high on its pedestal... none of the previous publications provide the scope that makes Khan's work original and illuminating.... Complementing Marvin Trachtenberg's important book The Statue of Liberty (1976), Khan’s comprehensive study will be of interest to both scholars and a general audience.



Yasmin Sabina Khan's book provides a fresh perspective on the twenty-one year struggle to bring the idea for such a monument to fruition. Following a loosely chronological order, Khan charts the monument's journey from conception in 1865 to unveiling in 1886 by exploring the lives and political ideals of those who designed and built the statue. Woven into these personal stories is a broader account of the political situation both in France and the United States during the period in question.



Yasmin Sabina Khan, an independent scholar, is author of Engineering Architecture: The Vision of Fazlur R. Khan.

Specificaties

  • Uitgever
    Cornell University Press
  • Verschenen
    feb. 2010
  • Bladzijden
    240
  • Genre
    Niet-grafische en elektronische kunstvormen
  • Afmetingen
    229 x 133 x 21 mm
  • Gewicht
    454 gram
  • EAN
    9780801448515
  • Hardback / gebonden
    Hardback / gebonden
  • Taal
    Engels

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