Uncle John’s All-Purpose Extra Strength Bathroom Reader® by Bathroom Readers’ Institute

Uncle John’s All-Purpose Extra Strength Bathroom Reader® by Bathroom Readers’ Institute

Author:Bathroom Readers’ Institute [ Institute, Bathroom Readers’]
Language: eng
Format: epub
ISBN: 9781607106654
Publisher: Portable Press


ON A ROLL

By now the race to fund the pedestal had captivated the entire country, and money really began to pour in. People sent in pennies, nickels and dimes...and they also began buying copies of the World each day to keep track of the race; by the time the dust settled, the World’s circulation had exploded to the point that it was the most widely-read newspaper in the entire Western Hemisphere.

On June 19, the fundraising passed the $75,000 mark; on July 22, the Isere arrived in New York Harbor and began unloading its cargo; bringing the excitement—and the giving—to its peak.

Finally on August 11, Pulitzer’s goal was met. “ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS! TRIUMPHANT COMPLETION OF THE WORLD’S FUND FOR THE LIBERTY PEDESTAL. More than 120,000 people had contributed to the effort, for an average donation of about 83¢ per person.

Work on the pedestal now moved at a steady clip; by April 1886 it was finished, and the pieces of the statue itself were put into place. The internal steel and iron framework structure went up first; then the pieces of the statue’s outer skin were attached one by one. Finally on October 28, 1886, at a ceremony headed by President Grover Cleveland, the statue was opened to the public....more than ten years after the original July 4, 1876 deadline.

The statue was late—very late. But better late than never.

A WOMAN OF FEW WORDS

The verse most closely associated with the statue, “Give me your tired, your poor, / Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free...” weren’t added to the pedestal until 1903... and only after officials realized what an inspiration the statue had become to the waves of immigrants arriving at nearby Ellis Island. The verses are part of “The New Colossus,” a sonnet composed by New York poet Emma Lazarus in 1883; she donated it to an auction at the New York’s Academy of Design to raise money for the statue’s pedestal.

What do a brick and a plate-glass window have in common? They’re both made from sand.



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