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Louisiana Purchase Bicentennial Lecture Will Examine Dynamic French-American Relationship

October 17, 2003 -- Two 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 the two countries continues to be dynamic today.

What 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.

Proceedings of the conference, co-sponsored by U.Va., will be published in a book by the University of Virginia Press.

Conference participants will examine the complexity of French-American interactions and how France and United States have viewed the Louisiana Purchase in their 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 diplomatic achievements.

Zunz, an authority on the French writer Alexis de Tocqueville’s insights about the United States, is a conference co-organizer.

For additional information, contact the International Center for Jefferson Studies at (434) 984-7500.

Contact: Bob Brickhouse, (434) 924-6856

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Contact the Office of University Relations at (434) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (434) 924-7550.

SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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