Famous People in Bessie’s America

Babe Ruth: The passion for baseball included devotion to its stars. Babe Ruth, the most famous baseball player in American history, hit 2,174 home runs and was a seven-time World Series champion from 1915 through 1932. His 1920 New York Yankees jersey sold for $4.4 million dollars. Read the biography of this colorful ballplayer and check his statistics here: http://www.baberuth.com/

Emma Lazarus and the Statue of Liberty: The famous lines “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free” appear in the sonnet “The New Colossus” on a plaque at the base of the Statue of Liberty. Written by Emma Lazarus in 1883 as a contribution to an auction to help raise money for the construction of the statue, the poem itself would not appear on the statue until 1903. You’ll find the poem at the beginning of Bessie’s Pillow.

The Statue of Liberty was sculpted by Frederic Auguste Bartholdi in France in 1884 and arrived in New York Harbor on a French frigate in 1885. Its 350 individual pieces had been packed in 214 crates before being shipped. Take a virtual tour of the Statue of Liberty by clicking here: Liberty Tour.

The statute is so large that the length of her right arm is 42 feet. For details and statistics about the Statue of Liberty, see Lady Liberty’s Facts.

Charles Lindbergh: On May 20, 1927, Charles Lindbergh flew from New York to Paris, the first person to fly across the Atlantic Ocean alone. The trip took 33 ½ hours. His reception in Washington, including a march down Pennsylvania Avenue and a reception at the foot of the Washington Monument, was broadcast live on the radio.Watch a documentary on Charles Lindbergh and his flight to Paris: The Lindbergh Story.