Season 1, Episode 1 The Statue of Liberty

First Aired: October 25, 1985

PBS opens its Ken Burns archives for this series. This episode: 1985's “The Statue of Liberty, ” which explores the history and enduring relevance of the landmark created by French sculptor Frederic Auguste Bartholdi and installed in 1886. Burns interweaves archival clips and stills, and interviews with former New York governor Mario Cuomo, director Milos Forman, former New York Public Library president Vartan Gregorian and author James Baldwin. “The Statue of Liberty is an act of faith,” says narrator David McCullough. But for many blacks, Baldwin counters, it's “simply a very bitter joke meaning nothing to us.”

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  • Premiered: October 6, 2002
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  • Premise: A series of documentaries by Ken Burns, including 'The Statue of Liberty,' 'Brooklyn Bridge,' 'Thomas Jefferson' and episodes of 'Jazz' and 'Baseball.' (more)

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