虽然自由女神像是今天美国的珍贵象征，但让美国人民接受雕像的礼物并不总是那么容易。雕塑家巴托尔迪于1871年前往美国推广雕像的想法，并于1876年回国参加全国百年庆典。他于1876年7月4日在纽约市度过，穿越海港，参观未来的地点。 Bedloe岛上的雕像。但尽管巴托尔迪的努力，雕像的想法很难出售。一些报纸，尤其是纽约时报，经常批评这个雕像是愚蠢的，并强烈反对花钱。虽然法国人已宣布1880年雕像的资金已经到位，但到1882年底，美国的捐款（建造基座所需的捐款）可悲地落后了。巴托尔迪回忆说，当火炬首次在1876年的费城博览会上展出时，一些纽约人一直担心费城可能最终得到整个雕像。所以巴托尔迪试图在19世纪80年代早期产生更多的竞争，并传出一个谣言，如果纽约人不想要这个雕像，也许波士顿会乐意接受它。这个策略起作用，纽约人突然害怕完全失去雕像，开始召开会议为基座筹集资金，预计花费约25万美元。甚至纽约时报也放弃了对这座雕像的反对。即使产生了争议，现金仍然很慢。举办各种活动，包括艺术展，以筹集资金。有一次，华尔街举行了集会。但无论发生多少公共啦啦队，这座雕像的未来在19世纪80年代早期都是非常值得怀疑的。其中一个筹款项目，一个艺术展，委托诗人艾玛拉扎鲁斯写一首与该雕像有关的诗。她的十四行诗“The New Colossus”最终会将雕像与公众心目中的移民联系起来。
Although the Statue of Liberty is a precious symbol of the United States today, it is not always easy to let the American people accept the gift of the statue. The sculptor Bartholdi went to the United States to promote the idea of the statue in 1871 and returned to China to participate in the National Centennial Celebration in 1876. He spent his time in New York City on July 4, 1876, crossing the harbour and visiting future locations. Statue on the island of Bedloe. But despite Bartholdi’s efforts, the idea of the statue is hard to sell. Some newspapers, especially the New York Times, often criticize the statue as stupid and strongly opposed spending money. Although the French had announced that the funds for the statue had been put in place in 1880, by the end of 1882, the US donation (the donation needed to build the pedestal) was lamentably lagging behind. Bartholdi recalled that when the torch was first exhibited at the Philadelphia Exposition in 1876, some New Yorkers had been worried that Philadelphia might end up with the entire statue. So Bartholdi tried to produce more competition in the early 1880s and came up with a rumor that if New Yorkers didn’t want the statue, maybe Boston would be willing to accept it. This strategy worked, and New Yorkers suddenly became afraid of completely losing the statue and began to hold a meeting to raise funds for the pedestal, which is expected to cost about $250,000. Even the New York Times gave up its opposition to the statue. Even if there is controversy, cash is still very slow. Organize various events, including art exhibitions, to raise funds. Once, Wall Street held a rally. But no matter how many public cheerleaders, the future of this statue was very doubtful in the early 1880s. One of the fundraising projects, an art exhibition, commissioned the poet Emma Lazaruth to write a poem related to the statue. Her sonnet “The New Colossus” will eventually link the statue to the immigrants in the public’s mind.