Lafayette’s spectacular visit to the U.S.

February 24, 2011

Tomorrow at the Massachusetts Historical Society in Boston Alan Hoffman will talk about “Lafayette & the Farewell Tour: Odyssey of an American Idol.” Alan Hoffman translated the journal of Lafayette’s visit to the U.S. in 1824-1825, written by Lafayette’s secretary and companion on his 13-month-long tour, as Lafayette in America in 1824 and 1825. Lafayette was celebrated in the U.S. as a hero of the American War for Independence and during his visit crowds–thrown into a “delirium . . . by a visit from General La Fayette,” in the words of Thomas Jefferson–met him everywhere he went.

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