Victorian Yankees at Queen Victoria's Court: American Encounters with Victoria and Albert [NOOK Book]

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Little seems to have changed since Victoria's day in the instant magnetism of British royalty across the Atlantic; yet for the first generations liberated by revolution, the British Isles and its sovereigns seemed as remote as the Moon. In the young nation, Americans who were little interested in the sons and daughters of their last king, George III, developed a love-hate relationship with Queen Victoria, his granddaughter, that lasted all her sixty-four years on the throne, ending only with her death in the ...
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Victorian Yankees at Queen Victoria's Court: American Encounters with Victoria and Albert

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Overview

Little seems to have changed since Victoria's day in the instant magnetism of British royalty across the Atlantic; yet for the first generations liberated by revolution, the British Isles and its sovereigns seemed as remote as the Moon. In the young nation, Americans who were little interested in the sons and daughters of their last king, George III, developed a love-hate relationship with Queen Victoria, his granddaughter, that lasted all her sixty-four years on the throne, ending only with her death in the first weeks of the last century. Victoria's long reign encompassed much of the time in which the young United States was growing up. The responses of Americans toward Victoria reveal not only what they thought of her (and her husband) as people and as monarchs, but reflect their own ambitions, confidence, smugness, insecurities and sense of loss. Parting from England brought a surge of pride, but it also carried with it an unanticipated price. American encounters with Victoria as person and as symbol evoke the costs of relinquishing a history, a tradition, a ceremonial texture. A professedly egalitarian society found itself instantly without some of the familiar associations it valued, and Americans recognized the deficiency. Often, as a matter of pride, they left that realization unspoken. Victorian Yankees at Queen Victoria's Court is, then, a selective lens into nineteenth-century America — an offbeat way to look at a people and a nation possessed with unruly energy and burgeoning into a wary greatness.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781611490619
  • Publisher: University of Delaware
  • Publication date: 4/1/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 272
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Stanley Weintraub is Evan Pugh Professor Emeritus of Arts and Humanities at Penn State University, adjunct professor at the University of Delaware, and honorary professor at West Chester University. He is the author or editor of more than fifty books in biography, culture history, and military history. A Complete listing is in Who's Who in America.
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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Chapter I: Republican Yankees
Chapter 2 Chapter II: Coronation and After
Chapter 3 Chapter III: Victoria and Albert
Chapter 4 Chapter IV: Yankee Doodle Comes to Town
Chapter 5 Chapter V: Seeing the Queen
Chapter 6 Chapter VI: Before the Deluge
Chapter 7 Chapter VII: Civil War at Home
Chapter 8 Chapter VIII: An End to Seclusion
Chapter 9 Chapter IX: Guest Tales
Chapter 10 Chapter X: "Grandmother England"
Chapter 11 Chapter XI: Command Performances
Chapter 12 Chapter XII: Jubilee Encore
Chapter 13 Chapter XIII: Last Encounters
Chapter 14 Afterword: Caisson for a Queen
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