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Victorian Yankees at Queen Victoria's court : American encounters with Victoria and Albert

Author: Stanley Weintraub
Publisher: Lanham, Md. : University of Delaware Press, ©2011.
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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
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Victoria, Queen of Great Britain; Albert, Prince Consort consort of Victoria Queen of Great Britain; Albert, Prince Consort consort of Victoria Queen of Great Britain; Victoria, Queen of Great Britain
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Stanley Weintraub
ISBN: 9781611490602 161149060X
OCLC Number: 698327984
Description: 257 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: 1 Republican Yankees 1 --
2 Coronation and After 15 --
3 Victoria and Albert 31 --
4 Yankee Doodle Comes to Town 53 --
5 Seeing the Queen 67 --
6 Before the Deluge 81 --
7 Civil War at Home 99 --
8 An End to Seclusion 115 --
9 Guest Tales 131 --
10 "Grandmother England" 147 --
11 Command Performances 163 --
12 Jubilee Encore 181 --
13 Last Encounters 201.
Responsibility: Stanley Weintraub.
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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 first weeks of the 20th century"--

"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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