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The Other Americans in ParisBusinessmen, Countesses, Wayward Youth, 1880-1941$
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Nancy L. Green

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780226306889

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226137520.001.0001

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The Not So Lost Generation

The Not So Lost Generation

The “American Colony”

(p.13) Chapter 1 The Not So Lost Generation
The Other Americans in Paris

Charles F. McGovern

University of Chicago Press

Americans abroad present a paradox. They can be seen as ambassadors of good will or the avant-garde of American capitalism; they can also be considered suspect citizens, ex-patriots in sum. Some may never set foot in a U.S. Consulate; others turn beseechingly to their government to defend them in times of trouble. The life of the Paris Consulate is where citizens activated their citizenship rights from abroad, contacting the government for help for matters ranging from the serious to the frivolous, during World War I as in peacetime. This chapter examines the changing notion of expatriation and the protection of citizens abroad through the prism of the consulate, where an everyday use of citizenship by overseas Americans was brought to bear on everything from tiffs with French shopkeepers to more serious difficulties with the French state.

Keywords:   citizenship, expatriation, U.S. Embassy, U.S. Consulate, protection of citizens, World War I

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