well said, and a tiny bit more
Posted by Caroline on October 14, 1997 at 21:12:34:
In response to I think you are looking at this wrong...., written by Clare on October 14, 1997 at 20:43:37
Rosamunde, you are referring to my very flippant conversation with Jessamyn about "Victoria" magazine, arn't you? I meant, at the time, that that particular period in time hasn't caught the American imagination the way it has the English, and that this period in American history, which is all about the Louisiana Purchase, and developing the Constitution, and Mr Madison having a go at Britain again, isn't really the stuff of great movies! I now feel very guilty that you took me seriously, and I apologise.
As Clare has said, the word "Regency" isn't one that trips off the American tongue easily.Of course they had similar fashions, similar furniture, even similar houses. American antique dealers don't use the word at all- they seem to prefer "federalist" or "Colonial" to describe what was being made at the time. And trade between the two countries wasn't halted for much more time than the actual fighting- Americans visited Europe, some even contributed to the Agricultural and Industrial Revolutions, changed the way Europe thought and lived.And both French and English visited the new country, traded, and contributed to its development.
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