Many middle-class tourists followed the upper class and opted for leisure tourism over cultural tourism, they were condemned for turning European tourism into an exercise in perkiness. In 1920, French leaders were quite divided over the significance of the United States' emergence as the world's premier industrial power. Some “modernizers” observed it as the result of Americans' freedom from thralldom to the past and their willingness to experiment and take risks. The French government also encouraged tourism by other presumed American opinion leaders, including what it called the “young intellectual elite.” In the summer of 1936, government officials put on a lavish reception in Paris's ornate Hôtel de Ville for an undistinguished group of one hundred touring American college students.
Keywords: middle-class; tourists; modernizers; French government; students
Chapter. 7122 words. Illustrated.
Subjects: History of the Americas
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