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The Joys and Frustrations of the Atlantic Republican Network

Alyssa Goldstein Sepinwall

in The Abbe Gregoire and the French Revolution

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2005 | ISBN: 9780520241800
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520931091 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520241800.003.0008
The Joys and Frustrations of the Atlantic Republican Network

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The Americas held a special fascination for Henri Grégoire; in contrast to Europe, they represented for him a world of uncorrupted possibilities. Grégoire particularly admired the United States, which had sparked the modern republican trend; he also supported would-be republicans throughout Latin America. Grégoire's pan-American engagements highlight the existence of an Atlantic republican network in the early nineteenth century, as republicans around the Atlantic eagerly sought relationships with each other. Despite their eagerness, however, this network was fragile and sometimes contentious. Views of republicanism were not always the same, and Grégoire would discover that American republicans were not always as interested in corresponding with him as he was with them. His disagreements with them often centered on two matters: slavery and religion—particularly as Catholicism became even more central to his political program. Gregoire's dealings with Thomas Jefferson would he emblematic of his simultaneous admiration for and frustration with American republicans.

Keywords: Americas; Henri Grégoire; Europe; United States; republicanism; republicans; slavery; religion; Catholicism; Thomas Jefferson

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Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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