Americans and Paris
June 2nd, 2015
Judith · Staff Recommendations
“Good Americans, when they die, go to Paris.” This quote is attributed to Thomas Gold Appleton of Boston who spent many years in 19th Century Paris.
Americans and the French have had a love (and sometimes hate) relationship from the time of the American Revolution. Indeed without France’s help, the United States might have remained part of the British Empire. The first Americans who developed a love affair for all things French were Benjamin Franklin and especially Thomas Jefferson who was quoted as saying: “A man has two countries; his own and then France.”
During the 19th Century and especially during the 1920’s many Americans spent years in Paris studying Arts and Sciences. Among the many books that described the lives of Americans in France during the 19th Century and the 20th Century and also the 21st Century are the following:
There have also been several movies about Americans in Paris such as:
In spite of the many differences and disagreements, Americans and French may have from time to time, Paris is a city that many Americans will want to visit and indeed if possible, live there for several months or years while they imbibe the beauty of French Culture.
Judith L. Clark