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Liberty Bell

the bell of Independence Hall in Philadelphia, rung on July 8, 1776, to announce the adoption of the Declaration of Independence; since then a national symbol of liberty: moved to a special exhibition pavilion behind Independence Hall on January 1, 1976. Unabridged
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  • It is needless to say that it is not the Liberty Bell, but a facsimile in miniature.

    The Liberty Girl Rena I. Halsey
  • The Mermaid was a steel boat, while the Liberty Bell was an old wooden one.

    The Boy Pilot of the Lakes Frank V. Webster
  • It was there that the Liberty Bell hung, and pealed out the happy news.

    The Story of the Thirteen Colonies

    H. A. (Hlne Adeline) Guerber
  • During these ten years, and for thirty-five years more, the Liberty Bell continued to sound notes of joy and of sorrow.

    Historic Shrines of America

    John T. (John Thomson) Faris
  • With my prejudice it is natural that I should suggest the Liberty Bell as a positive symbol of the thing we fight for.

    Proclaim Liberty! Gilbert Seldes
  • Among these may be found the Liberty Bell, which hung in the tower of the statehouse for many years.

    Great Cities of the United States Gertrude Van Duyn Southworth
  • She had not gone more than a step or so, however, when a sudden clang of the Liberty Bell brought her to a halt.

    The Liberty Girl Rena I. Halsey
  • John was patriotic and he wanted to see the Liberty Bell over in the Pennsylvania building.

    The Adventures of Uncle Jeremiah and Family at the Great Fair Charles McCellan Stevens (AKA 'Quondam')
  • He died at the age of 84, and Philadelphia is prouder of his tombstone than she is of the Liberty Bell.

    Revolutionary Reader Sophie Lee Foster
Liberty Bell in Culture

Liberty Bell definition

A relic and symbol of the American Revolutionary War. The Liberty Bell, first cast in England in the 1750s, is inscribed with words from the Bible: “Proclaim liberty throughout the land unto all the inhabitants thereof.” The bell hung in Independence Hall in Philadelphia, and was rung at the proclamation of the Declaration of Independence. It cracked while being tolled for the death in 1835 of Chief Justice John Marshall and was taken out of service. It is now on display at Independence Hall.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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