The Rediscovery of America: Transatlantic Crosscurrents in an Age of Revolution

Overview

Europe's rediscovery of America was not, as in the days of Cabot and Columbus, a matter of navigation. It was an imaginative response to the American Revolution. Historians have argued that revolutionary events in America led to the fall of the Bastille, and point to an "Atlantic Revolution". Without taking sides in that longrunning debate, this study seeks to show how the transatlantic experience colored the perceptions of some twenty Britons, Americans and Frenchmen whose careers spanned the Atlantic during the...
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Overview

Europe's rediscovery of America was not, as in the days of Cabot and Columbus, a matter of navigation. It was an imaginative response to the American Revolution. Historians have argued that revolutionary events in America led to the fall of the Bastille, and point to an "Atlantic Revolution". Without taking sides in that longrunning debate, this study seeks to show how the transatlantic experience colored the perceptions of some twenty Britons, Americans and Frenchmen whose careers spanned the Atlantic during the revolutionary period. The evidence of their writings and correspondence reveals that contemporaries wrote and acted as if they thought they were involved in an Atlantic Revolution.
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Presents a series of case studies on 20 Americans, Frenchmen, and Englishmen who were both impacted by the American revolutionary culture of the late 18th century and were in some way transatlantic in their careers. While not arguing for causal connections between the American Revolution and European political events, the author attempts to demonstrate, in his discussions of figures such as Franklin, Lafayette, Paine, Burke, Mary Wollstonecraft, and James Audubon, how American culture both affected and was affected by European arts, propaganda, and culture. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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“Stuart Andrews writes well, can tell an engaging story, and tells many here. His vivid style brings to life an important slice of elite transatlantic culture in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.” —American Historical Review

“Stuart Andrews' Rediscovery of America helps readers discover something of revolutionary American for themselves. . .at once convincing and entertaining.” —American Studies Journal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780333726181
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/1998
  • Pages: 257

Meet the Author


Stuart Andrews was a scholar of Sidney Sussex College in Cambridge and has been the Headmaster of Norwich School and Clifton College.
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Table of Contents


Preface
• List of Illustrations
• Acknowledgments
Introduction
• Discovery and Re-discovery: Planters, Puritans and Philosophes
Founding Fathers in America
• Porcelain and Revolutionary Principles: Franklin and the French
• American Encyclopédiste : Jefferson at Home and Abroad
• Reluctant Philosophe : John Adams and Republican Government
Transatlantic Citizens
• Bridging the Atlantic: Paine's Three Revolutions
• Burke's Grasshoppers: Dr. Price as "Apostle of Liberty"
• Flammable Gas: Priestley as Propagandist
• Land-agent of Liberty: South Caroline's Thomas Cooper
Frenchmen in America
• Slaves, Quakers and "Free Americans:" Brissot's America and the French Revolution
• Hero of Two Worlds: Lafayette, Freemasons, and Liberty
• Allies in Arms: Ségur, Lauzun and Chastellux
Images and Visions
• Arm-chair Philosophy: Raynal's Best Seller
• American Farmer: Hector St. John Crèvecoeur
• Women and Emigrants: Mary Wollstonecraft and Gilbert Imlay
• Poets' Utopia: Coleridge, Southey and the Susquehanna
• North American Naturalists: Bartram and Audubon
• Notes
• Bibliography
• Index
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