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By Lee A. Farrow

within the autumn of 1871, Alexis Romanov, the fourth son of Tsar Alexander II of Russia, set sail from his fatherland for a longer trip throughout the usa and Canada. an enormous milestone in U.S.-Russia family, the travel additionally served Duke Alexis's kin by way of aiding to extricate him from an wrong romantic entanglement with the daughter of a poet. Alexis in America recounts the duke's development in the course of the significant American towns, detailing his conferences with celebrated figures reminiscent of Samuel Morse and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and describing the nationwide self-reflection that his presence spurred within the American humans.

The first Russian royal ever to go to the USA, Alexis obtained a journey via post-Civil warfare the United States that emphasised the nation's cultural solidarity. whereas the enthusiastic American media breathlessly suggested each aspect of his itinerary and entourage, Alexis visited Niagara Falls, participated in a bison hunt with Buffalo invoice Cody, and attended the Krewe of Rex's first Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans. As observe of the royal customer unfold, the general public flocked to coach depots and occasions around the kingdom to trap a glimpse of the grand duke. a few speculated that Russia and the USA have been contemplating a proper alliance, whereas others surmised that he had come to the us to discover a bride.

The journey used to be now not with no incident: many urban officers balked at spending public money on Alexis's reception, and there have been rumors of an assassination plot via Polish nationals in long island urban. extra widely, the stopover at highlighted difficulties at the nationwide point, comparable to political corruption and protracted racism, in addition to the rising cultural and political energy of ethnic minorities and the continued sectionalism among the North and the South. Lee Farrow joins her exam of those cultural underpinnings to a full of life narrative of the grand duke's travel, growing a fascinating list of a distinct second in foreign relations.

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