Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte: Celebrity and Aristocracy in the Early American Republic

Lecture Description

This lecture examines the impact and influence of Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte, who had wed Napoleon’s youngest brother, on the society and politics of the new American nation. With her notorious behavior, dashing husband, and associations with European royalty, she became one of America’s first celebrities during a crucial moment when the character of American society and politics was not yet fully formed. Many Americans feared the corrupting influence of European manners and ideas on their new republic. Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte’s imperial connections and aristocratic aspirations made her a central figure in these debates over society and culture, with many, including members of Congress and the social elites of the day, regarding her as a threat.

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Biography Revolutionary and Early National

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Charlene M. Boyer Lewis

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