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The Statue Of Liberty

Airs Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at 11 p.m. on KPBS TV

Credit: Courtesy of Florentine Films

Above: The Statue of Liberty. This Academy Award-nominated documentary tells the unique story of the monument's creation.

This 1985 Ken Burns film explores the creation and history of the remarkable Statue of Liberty and what she represents to all Americans.


The period after the Civil War was a time of great transition – and innovation – in the United States. This timeline shows the progression of the statue – from idea to reality – against the back-drop of contemporary events.

Virtual Tour

Visit the Statue of Liberty from anywhere! This virtual tour includes the Statue's history and symbolism.

Narrated by David McCullough, the film traces the development of the monument — from its conception to its fascinating and often controversial construction to its final dedication — and offers interviews with a wide range of Americans, including former New York governor Mario Cuomo, the late congresswoman Barbara Jordan and the late writers James Baldwin and Jerzy Kosinski, to explore the meaning of the Statue of Liberty.

Nominated for both the Academy Award ® and the Emmy Award ®, the film received the prestigious CINE Golden Eagle and the Christopher Award.

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