Cartoon featuring Statue of Liberty

"Our Statue of Liberty - she can stand it"

Charles Jay Taylor
October 27, 1886

Despite all the festivities, a shadow of economic inequality and social upheaval hung over the Statue’s dedication, as illustrated in this cartoon, published on October 27, 1886. Some Americans believed that the growing economic inequalities in the United States threatened liberty for the working class.

Library of Congress, LC-USZ62-91906