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Lafayette in the Somewhat United States

Sarah Vowell

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Genres:

History

Description:

From the bestselling author of Assassination Vacation and Unfamiliar Fishes, a humorous account of the Revolutionary War hero Marquis de Lafayette-the one Frenchman we could all agree on-and an insightful portrait of a nation's idealism and its reality. On August 16, 1824, an elderly French gentlemen sailed into New York Harbor and giddy Americans were there to welcome him. Or, rather, to welcome him back. It had been thirty years since the Revolutionary War hero the Marquis de Lafayette had last set foot in the United States, and he was so beloved that 80,000 people showed up to cheer for him. The entire population of New York at the time was 120,000. Lafayette's arrival in 1824 coincided with one of the most contentious presidential elections in American history, Congress had just fought its first epic battle over slavery, and the threat of a Civil War loomed. But Lafayette, belonging to neither North nor South, to no political party or faction, was a walking, talking reminder of the sacrifices and bravery of the revolutionary generation and what they wanted this country to be. His return was not just a reunion with his beloved Americans, it was a reunion for Americans with their own astonishing singular past. Lafayette in the Somewhat United States is a humorous and insightful portrait of the famed Frenchman, the impact he had on our young country, and his ongoing relationship with some of the instrumental Americans of the time, including George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, and many more.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Alexis Denisof, John Slattery, Bobby Cannavale, Fred Armisen, John Hodgman, Nick Offerman, Patton Oswalt, Stephanie March

Length:

8h 8m


Chapters

Free Sample

01:25

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

01:24


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

04:08


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

07:50


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

06:44


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

04:44


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

12:33


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

05:21


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

09:57


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

13:24


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

10:07


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

11:28


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

12:41


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

11:41


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

08:52


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

06:28


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

06:43


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

08:20


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

06:10


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

11:00


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

08:10


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

11:48


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

11:26


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

14:27


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

09:01


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

13:51


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

10:58


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

04:10


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

10:55


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

10:12


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

06:26


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

08:54


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

12:52


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

09:08


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

11:09


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

08:42


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

03:59


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

13:32


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

06:27


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

05:23


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

13:50


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

11:46


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

14:40


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

04:25


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

14:07


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

10:43


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

03:11


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

05:20


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

08:13


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

12:31


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

10:20


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

07:50


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

05:27


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

13:05


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

02:03