“Alan Hoffman explores the role Lafayette played as a symbol of Franco-American friendship both during his lifetime, principally from 1777 to 1792, and after his death. To the extent the American people remember Lafayette, they recall his role in our Revolution and his activities on behalf of American interests in the 1780’s. Hoffman explores this initial period of Franco-American friendship but focuses on Lafayette’s posthumous symbolic role: as the inspiration for the Statue of Liberty, as a facilitator of America’s entry into and participation in the Great War in 1917, and as the emblem of the current thaw in Franco-American relations.”*
Presented by Alan Hoffman
*Lecture made possible by generous support from the New Hampshire Humanities Council.
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