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Profile America — Tuesday, October 28th. One of the nation's enduring symbols, the Statue of Liberty, was dedicated on Bedloe's Island in New York Harbor on this date in 1886. A gift from France, the statue's full name is "Liberty Enlightening the World," and is the work of sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi. France also was the country of origin of a bit under 12,000 of the 334,000 immigrants arriving that year. The statue was the first glimpse of America for more than 20 million immigrants who came through nearby Ellis Island, chiefly from Ireland, Germany, Italy, and Poland. In 1910, the year of the greatest influx, some 15 percent of the U.S. population was foreign-born. Today, that figure is 13 percent, or around 40 million people. You can find more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau, online at http://www.census.gov.
Statue of Liberty story: http://www.nps.gov/stli/historyculture/liberty-island-a-chronology.htm
Historical Statistics of the United States: Colonial Times to 1970, p. 106
Foreign born population: http://www.census.gov/population/foreign/files/cps2012/2012T1.pdf