REVIEWS another bracing reminder that we should not automatically equate the old ``South'' with the proslavery mainstream or with the Confederacy. El iz ab eth R. Varon is Langbourne M. Williams Professor of American History at the University of Virginia. Her latest book is Appomattox: Victory, Defeat, and Freedom at the End of the Civil War (New York, 2013). Being American in Europe, 17501860. By Daniel Kilbride. (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013. Pp. 230. Cloth. $34.95.) Reviewed by Charlene Boyer Lewis Once they became independent, Americans struggled for decades to define what being ``American'' actually meant. Even though they had thrown off their political ties to England, the ``Old World'' still proved a powerful influence as Americans crafted a national identity. Following on impressive earlier work that examined the formation and impact of cross-regional elite identities in antebellum America, Daniel Kilbride creatively uses the views of Americans who traveled to Europe between 1750 and 1860 to reveal how the Old World continued to shape Americans' ideas of themselves and their society long after the Revolution. Indeed, Kilbride persuasively argues, Americans' opinions of Europe played a crucial role in the creation of an American identity during this era
Journal of the Early Republic – University of Pennsylvania Press
Published: Jan 28, 2014
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