Maybe it’s time to admit that the Statue of Liberty has never quite measured up

Maybe it’s time to admit that the Statue of Liberty has never quite measured up

The Statue of Liberty has long been ubiquitous in American culture asa staple of advertising, a backdrop for films and political rallies, and a mandatory stop on the standard tourist pilgrimage. For many Americans — those who trace their ancestry back to European immigrants — it is the preeminent symbol of the melting pot, proof of this country’s charitable nature, its warm invitation to the world and its social mobility.

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