New York State Archives, NYSA_A3045-78_D47_NG544
One of four large sculptures at the entrance of the Alexander Hamilton United States Custom House, seated female figures representing America, Asia, Europe, and Africa by Daniel Chester French (1850-1931). America is pictured, c. 1900.
Where is this statue located?
What other symbol of the United States holds a torch?
Why is a torch used to represent America?
Why would a wheel symbolize progress?
This photograph was one of many that were made into slides by the New York State Education Department and shown to students in schools. Why do you think educators wanted New York students to see this photograph? What does it tell you about education in New York one hundred years ago?
Why aren’t all the continents represented in this building?
Science: Photographs like this one were made into slides and shown to students using a "magic lantern" projector. When was the magic lantern invented? How did it work? What technologies have replaced the magic lantern projector?
Art: Study the work of sculptor Daniel Chester French. What is his most famous sculpture? Create your own artwork to represent America.
Berman, Eleanor. New York (Eyewitness Travel Guides). New York: Dorling Kindersley, 2002. ISBN: 078948756X