Alexis in America: A Russian Grand Duke's Tour, 1871-1872 by Lee A. Farrow

By Lee A. Farrow

within the autumn of 1871, Alexis Romanov, the fourth son of Tsar Alexander II of Russia, set sail from his place of birth for a longer trip throughout the usa and Canada. a big milestone in U.S.-Russia family members, the journey additionally served Duke Alexis's relations via assisting to extricate him from an improper romantic entanglement with the daughter of a poet. Alexis in America recounts the duke's development in the course of the significant American towns, detailing his conferences with celebrated figures corresponding to Samuel Morse and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and describing the nationwide self-reflection that his presence spurred within the American humans.

The first Russian royal ever to go to the U.S., Alexis got a travel via post-Civil warfare the United States that emphasised the nation's cultural team spirit. whereas the enthusiastic American media breathlessly suggested each element of his itinerary and entourage, Alexis visited Niagara Falls, participated in a bison hunt with Buffalo invoice Cody, and attended the Krewe of Rex's first Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans. As observe of the royal customer unfold, the general public flocked to coach depots and occasions around the state to capture a glimpse of the grand duke. a few speculated that Russia and the United States have been contemplating a proper alliance, whereas others surmised that he had come to the USA to discover a bride.

The travel used to be no longer with no incident: many urban officers balked at spending public money on Alexis's reception, and there have been rumors of an assassination plot via Polish nationals in big apple urban. extra greatly, the stopover at highlighted difficulties at the nationwide point, akin to political corruption and chronic racism, in addition to the rising cultural and political strength of ethnic minorities and the continued sectionalism among the North and the South. Lee Farrow joins her exam of those cultural underpinnings to a full of life narrative of the grand duke's travel, developing an interesting checklist of a distinct second in overseas relations.

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