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04/07/2011

4th of July, Independence Day (Statue of Liberty)

This is a close-up photo of the Statue of Liberty. Bartholdi, its French designer, was initially uncertain of what to place in Liberty's left hand; he settled on a tabula ansata, a keystone-shaped tablet used to evoke the concept of law. Though Bartholdi greatly admired the United States Constitution, he chose to inscribe "JULY IV MDCCLXXVI" on the tablet, thus associating the date of the country's Declaration of Independence with the concept of liberty.

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