Purchase Bicentennial Lecture Will Examine Dynamic French-American
October 17, 2003 --
hundred years ago this year, the United States and France signed
the Louisiana Purchase treaty ceding France’s
vast possessions in North America. The long relationship between
two countries continues to be dynamic today.
the Louisiana Purchase has meant on both sides of the Atlantic
will be the theme
of a public lecture by University of Virginia
history professor Olivier
Zunz on Friday, Oct. 24, at Monticello’s International Center for Jefferson
Studies at Kenwood. The 4 p.m. talk is the plenary address of a bicentennial
conference on “The Louisiana Purchase in French-American Perspective,” with
scholars from both countries.
of the conference, co-sponsored by U.Va., will be published in
a book by the University of Virginia Press.
participants will examine the complexity of French-American interactions
how France and United States have viewed the Louisiana Purchase
own national memories. The treaty, which opened the West for the United
States and solved numerous political and economic problems for
France, came at a
crucial time for both republics and was one of Jefferson’s greatest
an authority on the French writer Alexis de Tocqueville’s
insights about the United States, is a conference co-organizer.
additional information, contact the International Center for
Studies at (434) 984-7500.
Bob Brickhouse, (434) 924-6856