Heroes in the Age of Celebrity: Lafayette, Kossuth, and John Bright in 19th-Century America

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1
Resource Type
Text : Journal article
Creator
  • Morgan, Simon
Collective Title
  • Historical Social Research / Historische Sozialforschung. Supplement
    No. 32 (2019)
Publication Date
2019-12
Embargo End Date
2020-06-04
Publication Place
Cologne
Contributor
  • GESIS - Leibniz-Institut für Sozialwissenschaften (Editor)
Publisher
  • GESIS - Leibniz-Institut für Sozialwissenschaften
Language
English
Free Keywords
Celebrity; United States; hero; modernity; Lafayette; Kossuth; John Bright
Description
  • Abstract

    This article explores the relationship between the ‘hero’ and the celebrity culture of the 19th-century United States. Even by the 1820s, the activities of print media and entrepreneurial manufacturers meant that individuals widely recognised and worshipped as ‘heroes’ almost inevitably became part of the nascent celebrity culture of the age, while some actively courted this connection to pursue their own political or financial agendas. However, using the receptions of three foreign heroes, the Marquis de Lafayette, Lajos Kossuth, and John Bright, the article contends that we can still make valid distinctions between the two states through the analysis of cultural practice and discourse. In turn, by conceptualising ‘hero’ and ‘celebrity’ as two axes on the graph of fame, it is possible to use such analysis to assess more accurately a given individual’s public reputation.
  • Series Information

    Historical Social Research / Historische Sozialforschung. Supplement No. 32 (2019): Celebrity’s Histories: Case Studies and Critical Perspectives.

    Starting Point and Frequency: Year: 1988, Issues per volume: 1, Volumes per year: 1

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CC BY 4.0
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    ISSN: 0936-6784
  • Is part of
    URL: https://www.gesis.org/en/hsr/current-issues/2019/suppl-32-celebritys-histories
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    URL: http://eds.b.ebscohost.com/eds/detail/detail?vid=20&sid=b3f9f352-4b1b-4091-9f4f-fc3149be0ecf%40pdc-v-sessmgr04&bdata=Jmxhbmc9ZGUmc2l0ZT1lZHMtbGl2ZQ%3d%3d#AN=140212420&db=edo

Update Metadata: 2020-02-18 | Issue Number: 3 | Registration Date: 2019-12-05