The French Enlightenment in America

Essays on the Times of the Founding Fathers

Edited by Paul Spurlin

Foreword by Maurizio Valsania and Maurizio Valsania

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Trim size: 5.500in x 8.500in

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Pub Date: 10/15/2021

ISBN: 9-780-8203-5932-8

List Price: $114.95

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Pub Date: 10/15/2021

ISBN: 9-780-8203-5931-1

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The French Enlightenment in America

Essays on the Times of the Founding Fathers

Edited by Paul Spurlin

Foreword by Maurizio Valsania and Maurizio Valsania

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The French Enlightenment in America offers an overview of French American cultural relations during the French Enlightenment. The essays in this volume explore the literary presence of French authors in America between 1760 and 1800 and the reception of their writings by the Founding Fathers and other Americans. These essays explore such topics as the Founding Fathers' knowledge of French, the philosophes, Voltaire in the South, and more.

The Georgia Open History Library has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Democracy demands wisdom. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this collection, do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

About the Author/Editor

PAUL MERRIL SPURLIN (1902-94) was a historian who wrote multiple books on romance languages and literature and their intersection with American history, including Rousseau in America, 1760-1809 and Montesquieu in America, 1760-1801.


MAURIZIO VALSANIA is professor of American history at the University of Turin, Italy. He is the author of The Limits of Optimism: Thomas Jefferson's Dualistic Enlightenment and Jefferson's Body: A Corporeal Biography.