The Resource Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte : an American aristocrat in the early republic, Charlene M. Boyer Lewis, (electronic resource)

Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte : an American aristocrat in the early republic, Charlene M. Boyer Lewis, (electronic resource)

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Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte : an American aristocrat in the early republic
Title
Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte
Title remainder
an American aristocrat in the early republic
Statement of responsibility
Charlene M. Boyer Lewis
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Language
eng
Summary
Two centuries ago, Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte was one of the most famous women in America. Beautiful, scandalous, and outspoken, she had wed Napoleon's brother Jerome, borne his child, and seen the marriage annulled by the emperor himself. With her notorious behavior, dashing husband, and associations with European royalty, Elizabeth became one of America's first celebrities during a crucial moment in the nation's history. At the time of Elizabeth's fame, the United States had only recently gained its independence, and the character of American society and politics was not yet fully formed. Still concerned that their republican experiment might fail and that their society might become too much like that of monarchical Europe, many Americans feared the corrupting influence of European manners and ideas. Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte's imperial connections and aristocratic aspirations made her a central figure in these debates, with many, including members of Congress and the social elites of the day, regarding her as a threat. Appraising Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte's many identities--celebrity, aristocrat, independent woman, mother--Charlene M. Boyer Lewis shows how Madame Bonaparte, as she was known, exercised extraordinary social power at the center of the changing transatlantic world. In spite of the assumed threat that she posed to the new social and political order, Americans could not help being captivated by Elizabeth's style, beauty, and wit. She offered an alternative to the republican wife by pursuing a life of aristocratic dreams in the United States and Europe. Her story reminds us of the fragility of the American experiment in its infancy and, equally important, of the active role of women in the debates over society and culture in the early republic
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
AZU
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1965-
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Lewis, Charlene M. Boyer
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
DC216.95.B629
LC item number
L49 2012eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • standards specifications
  • bibliography
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ebrary
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  • Bonaparte, Elizabeth Patterson
  • Bonaparte, Elizabeth Patterson
  • Bonaparte family
  • Bonaparte, Elizabeth Patterson
  • Bonaparte family
  • Bonaparte, Elizabeth Patterson
  • Bonaparte family
  • Aristocracy (Social class)
  • Aristocracy (Social class)
  • Civilization
  • Families
  • Influence (Literary, artistic, etc.)
  • United States
  • Maryland
  • United States
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Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte : an American aristocrat in the early republic, Charlene M. Boyer Lewis, (electronic resource)
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Color
multicolored
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unknown
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
1 online resource (277 p.)
Form of item
electronic
Isbn
9781283898768
Specific material designation
remote
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  • (OCoLC)824522191
  • (OCoLC)ocn824522191
Label
Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte : an American aristocrat in the early republic, Charlene M. Boyer Lewis, (electronic resource)
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Color
multicolored
Dimensions
unknown
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
1 online resource (277 p.)
Form of item
electronic
Isbn
9781283898768
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)824522191
  • (OCoLC)ocn824522191

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