Ken Burns Classroom

What Is Liberty?

Ken Burns Film: Statue of Liberty

Collections: Emergence of Modern America (1890-1930) The New Nation (1750-1820s)

Subject: Language Arts Social Studies

Grade Level: 4-12

Video Run Time: 2:29

David McCullough, James Baldwin, Jerzy Kosiński, Barbara Jordan, Carolyn Forché, and Milos Forman discuss liberty. The statue is a symbol of who has gone before us to achieve liberty. Liberty is the absence of constraints and barriers. It is freedom to be one’s self.