Demise of the American Dream: The French Experience of American Life in the Age of the French Revolution

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  • Catherine Hebert

Abstract

The French negative response to American life in the age of the French Revolution has been attributed to émigré and refugee disillusionment at the outcome of the social upheavals in France and America. My paper's thesis is that French negative reactions were also related to the exiles' day-to-day life experiences. The paper will thus attract attention to a complex of political, economic, social and psychological factors related to the country of origin, the process of migration and the receiving country, which affected the community of exiles in Philadelphia and in the Pennsylvania hinterland.

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01.11.1990

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