Liberty’s Monarch: Louis XVI, Royalism, and Republicanism in Early America, 1775–1800

  • Sommer Collins, Heather (Leader)

Project: Research project

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This dissertation examines eighteenth-century representations of French King Louis XVI produced within the new United States to understand how Americans shifted their political allegiance from royalism to republicanism. As a reform-minded ruler who supported the American cause against Great Britain, Louis XVI complicated American sentiments about monarchy. My research shows that an appreciation of kingly rulers lingered longer in the former colonies than historians have recognized, and this loyalty influenced the political culture of the Early American Republic. Work in progress.
Short titleLiberty’s Monarch
Effective start/end date4/16/20 → …


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