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Culture MattersAnglo-American Relations and the Intangibles of 'Specialness'$
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Robert M. Hendershot and Steve Marsh

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781526151421

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.7765/9781526151438

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‘A Great Englishman’

‘A Great Englishman’

George Washington and Anglo-American memory diplomacy, c.1890–19251

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(p.158) 7 ‘A Great Englishman’
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Sam Edwards

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7765/9781526151438.00012

Sam Edwards describes the period 1890–1925 as the first age of transatlantic memory diplomacy, a period in which the potential of commemoration as a mechanism through which to strengthen Anglo-American ties was first explored. Focusing on British efforts to re-Anglicize George Washington, he analyzes the placement of a new statue of the first US president outside London’s National Gallery as well as the rededication and memorialization of Sulgrave Manor, Washington’s ancestral family estate in Northamptonshire. Of particular interest to Edwards is the agency of both government elites and private associations, particularly the US National Society of Colonial Dames, and he perspicaciously dissects the intersections of gender roles, racial constructs, social class, strategic objectives, and patriotic identities that determined the goals and methods of commemoration in this era.

Keywords:   Anglo-American, special relationship, memory, diplomacy, George Washington, Sulgrave Manor, commemoration, gender history

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