She was a joint project between US and France, with France funding and building the statue and the US funding and building her platform.  However, the US refused to fund.  She was built anyway. 

A Frenchman by the name of De Laboulaye wanting to gain support for democracy in France thought a statue commemorating the end of slavery and the union of the US after the Civil War would do just that.  France was on board.  The US government was not.

However, the wealthy in America liked the idea and shelled out a significant amount of money to build the platform but not enough.  Luckily, someone stepped in.  

You probably know the name Joseph Pulitzer from the Pulitzer Prize but did you know he’s the man we can thank for getting the job done?  Pulitzer owned the New York World paper and was in favor of erecting the statue in New York City.  In March of 1885, he pleaded to the US citizens in his newspaper:

“We must raise the money! The World is the people’s paper, and now it appeals to the people to come forward and raise the money…Let us not wait for the millionaires to give us this money.  It is not a gift from the millionaires of France to the millionaires of America, but a gift of the whole people of France to the whole people of America.”

Once a donation was received, Pulitzer printed the donor’s name, amount, why they were donating and how they raised the money in his paper.  The fundraising campaign worked.

By August of 1885, America had enough money to build the platform.

Built by the people for the people.  We did it anyway.

“Life without liberty is like a body without a spirit.” – Kahlil Gibran


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