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ERIC Number: EJ1041734
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Mar
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1056-0300
Reexamining the Statue of Liberty: Different Perspectives on History and the Promise of America
Maguth, Brad M.; Dustman, Josh; Kerr, Megan
Social Studies and the Young Learner, v25 n4 p9-14 Mar-Apr 2013
The Statue of Liberty has traditionally served as a symbol of freedom and liberty for citizens in the United States and around the world. Lady Liberty was often the first symbol European immigrants saw as they arrived in New York Harbor. Many of them were escaping dire conditions back home and seeking a better future for themselves and their families. Immigrants often viewed the statue as a symbol of the freedom and liberty they hoped to find in the United States. History, however, reveals that realizing these ideals has been a struggle for many individuals and groups. This article describes a fourth grade social studies lesson that encouraged students to re-examine the Statue of Liberty and the claim that freedom and the pursuit of happiness were available to all Americans in the late 19th century.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 4; Intermediate Grades; Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A