When London Was Capital of America / Julie Flavell.
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- New Haven, CT : Yale University Press, 
1 online resource (336 p.) : 36 b/w illus.
- Americans -- England -- London -- Biography.
Americans -- England -- London -- History -- 18th century.
Visitors, Foreign -- England -- London.
- In English.
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- Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web.
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- Benjamin Franklin secretly loved London more than Philadelphia: it was simply the most exciting place to be in the British Empire. And in the decade before the outbreak of the American Revolution, thousands of his fellow colonists flocked to the Georgian city in its first big wave of American visitors. At the very point of political rupture, mother country and colonies were socially and culturally closer than ever before. In this first-ever portrait of eighteenth-century London as the capital of America, Julie M. Flavell re-creates the famous city's heyday as the center of an empire that encompassed North America and the West Indies. The momentous years before independence saw more colonial Americans than ever in London's streets: wealthy Southern plantation owners in quest of culture, slaves hoping for a chance of freedom, Yankee businessmen looking for opportunities in the city, even Ben Franklin seeking a second, more distinguished career. The stories of the colonials, no innocents abroad, vividly re-create a time when Americans saw London as their own and remind us of the complex, multiracial-at times even decadent-nature of America's colonial British heritage.
PRELUDE An American City in Europe
Chapter One The London World of Henry Laurens
Chapter Two Upstairs, Downstairs: Master and Slave in Georgian London
Chapter Three English Lessons in London: A Tale of Two Teenagers
Chapter Four Young and Rich in Fleet Street: The Decadents Abroad
Chapter Five A Long Island Yankee in the City
Chapter Six 'The Handsome Englishman'
Chapter Seven London's American Landscape
Chapter Eight Franklin and Son in London
Chapter Nine 'The most cautious man I have ever seen': Ben Franklin's London Career
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- De Gruyter.
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- De Gruyter University Press Library.
- Publisher Number:
- 10.12987/9780300168198 doi
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- Restricted for use by site license.
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