The Anglo-American synecdoche?: Thomas Jefferson’s British legacy 1800-1865

O'Connor, Peter (2015) The Anglo-American synecdoche?: Thomas Jefferson’s British legacy 1800-1865. Journal of Transatlantic Studies, 13 (2). pp. 154-174. ISSN 1754-1018

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This article is focused on one of the behemoths of American history, Thomas Jefferson. Unlike most studies, however, it removes the Virginian statesman from his familiar American context in order to illustrate his significance as a British icon. It considers the use of his image in British discourse between 1800 and 1865 to demonstrate the resonance of his name for British people of the period. In doing so it examines the uses of Jefferson’s image with reference to democracy and slavery to illustrate how the ambiguity and seeming contradictions in the deployment of his image are indicative of a broader debate in nineteenth century Britain about the meaning of the United States. Furthermore it demonstrates, through the use of Jefferson’s image, the steady but uneven process of disillusion with American politics and society among British reformers

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Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Transatlantic Studies on 17 April 2015, available online:
Keywords: Thomas Jefferson, democracy, slavery, Anglo-American, Britain, USA
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Arts > School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies > Department of American and Canadian Studies
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Depositing User: O'Connor, Peter
Date Deposited: 04 Apr 2018 08:36
Last Modified: 04 May 2020 17:06

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