France Views America, 1765-1815

France Views America, 1765-1815

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This attractive, well-illustrated catalogue provides a permanent record of an exhibit which was presented at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania in 1978-9.  Pierre-Samuel du Pont de Nemours, noted physiocrat, government functionary, and friend of Benjamin Franklin, avidly observed the American Revolution and French intervention from Paris.  Manuscripts and rare printed items from the du Pont archives form the core of this exhibition, which is intended to show "what Europeans dreamed their new world could be, and what they found they had in fact made of their great opportunity."

The catalogue is for anyone interested in the relations between France and the United States, whether it be the ideological links between the two Revolutions, transatlantic shipments of seeds and plants, land speculation, technological exchanges, education, emigre life, or the French "image" of America. Catalogue by Betty-Bright P. Low. Preface by Durand Echeverria.